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Texas Rangers praise 'loyal fans' as caravan passes through Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The 2013 Texas Rangers Winter Caravan made a pit stop in Lubbock on Thursday morning.

Pitcher Matt Harrison, First Baseman Mitch Moreland, Pitching Coach Mike Maddux and Rangers Broadcaster Eric Nadel all made the trip to Lubbock.

The 2010 and 2011 ALCS championship trophies were on display as well.

The Texas Rangers exceeded over 3 million fans over the course of the 2012 baseball season.

"There is a new, young generation of sports fans and they see the Texas Rangers as the leading organization in this state," said Rangers Broadcaster Eric Nadel.

"West Texas has always had loyal fans. Anyone that drives 5-6 hours away to come watch the Rangers play we got to put a product on the field for them. We appreciate everyone coming out and making a commitment to be our fans and we just want to show a little appreciation to them," said Mike Maddux.

"You know everywhere you look you see Texas Rangers jerseys and shirts and it is the off season. We aren't even playing! It has just showed over the last several years with our attendance and it just seems to get better and better every year," said Mitch Moreland.

"It is just a chance to give back to them and see the fans in the community and just hang out with them for awhile and just show we appreciate everything they do for us," said Matt Harrison.

The Texas Rangers lost a core group of veterans over the off season including Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli, but players say they are ready to move on and claim the organizations first World Series Championship in 2013.

The Rangers will open the season against their new AL West division rival, the Houston Astros on March 31.

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