Rangers pitcher Taylor Hearn also hosted his Week of Giving event, which included a food and coat donation at the Arlington Life Shelter, and the inaugural Turkey Trot Classic, which was organized after Hearn’s Woodbat Classic, originally scheduled for Oct. 28-29, was canceled due to inclement weather. The Week of Giving has been a yearly tradition for Hearn since he was traded from the Pirates to the Rangers as a Minor Leaguer in 2018.
Semien spoke to the Rangers Youth Academy’s 13U team after practice ahead of the tournament to give them tips and pointers to prepare for the competition.
“It's very important,” Semien said of giving back all year round, not just during the holidays. “I wish I had the opportunities that these kids have here. I grew up in the Bay Area and we didn't have an academy like this. It's just special to see young kids, especially kids of color, playing ball, for me as a Black player in the league. I want to see more and more kids come out and I know that Dallas has a lot of kids who love the game and this is a place for it.”
All four Rangers who were present at the Youth Academy for the Thanksgiving event are spending their first full offseason in Texas and noted how great it felt to connect with the DFW community.
“It's huge,” Heim said. “I mean, this is our home base now, so we want to do everything we can to help it grow and make it a better place for everybody to live. So just being able to live where you work and work where you live, it's special to us and we love every second of it.”