HSU baseball player admires dad's Opening Day anthem
ABILENE, Texas - There were a lot of highlights from the Texas Rangers on Opening Day.
Carlos Gomez blasted a monster 461-foot homer into the upper deck., and Rougned Odor crushed two home runs, becoming the seventh Ranger player to hit multiple dingers in the first game of the season.
But, perhaps the best highlight came before the first pitch. Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley sung the national anthem in front of a sold out crowd at Globe Life Park,
His son, Anthony, is a senior outfielder at Hardin-Simmons and was there to hear it.
"I was actually pulling into the parking lot and I could hear the national anthem over the speakers, so I stopped and put my windows down and listened," Anthony Beasley said.
"He's been really excited, pumped up, looking forward to it, especially with everything what happened, being back on the field."
In February of 2016, Tony Beasley was diagnosed with stage two rectal cancer, forcing him to miss the entire Rangers season.
In December, doctors told him he was cancer free.
"Last year was different for him," said Anthony Beasley. "Not being able to be in the [coach's] box, having to sit on the sideline, not being as active as he usually is. It was really good to see him back out there again."
Tony Beasley has sun the national anthem before several minor league baseball games, and one Pittsburgh Pirate game, but never on an Opening Day.
"We were sitting down at lunch one day and [Rangers general manager Jon Daniels] stopped by. He said, 'What about Opening Day, you singing the anthem?,'" said Tony Beasley. "And I said, "I'm all in, I'm all in.'"
"Very emotional. It was a big moment," said Anthony Beasley. "It had big symbolic meaning for basically the reigns being off of the cancer. He's back, fully."
The Cowboys senior is third on the team with 19 runs batted in, and fourth with a .301 batting average, and said for his father to be selected to sing before the first game of the season was a privilege.
"It was an honor. One of the best honors because they usually pick someone who is recognizable to sing on Opening Day. For them to choose him, was just an honor."
The crowd erupted with cheers for the third base coach during the final notes. Tony Beasley returned to his spot in the coach's box shortly after for what he hopes is a long stay.