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Texas Rangers visit Dyess Air Force Base

Members of the Texas Rangers were in Abilene on Friday afternoon apart of their Winter Caravan.

Major League Baseball's Spring Training doesn't start for another weeks, but members of the Texas Rangers organization made a visit to Abilene.

Catcher Brett Nicholas, minor league prospects Preston Beck and Reed Garrett, along with radio broadcaster Matt Hicks were at Dyess Air Force Base Friday afternoon.

The four signed autographs and took pictures with Airman and fans.

The Rangers say getting to spend time with fans, and especially members of the military, puts things into perspective.

"It's cool when you get to be here because you realize they're just like anybody," Nicholas said. "They're just brave men and women that enjoy everything we enjoy doing, yet they put their life on the line and do some pretty incredible stuff."

After the autograph session, the Rangers went on a guided tour of base including an up-close look at a B-1 Bomber and a C-130J aircraft on the flight line.

Texas finished a disappointing third place in the American League West in 2017, which has sparked renewed energy for the upcoming season.

"The way we ended the season last year, it's made everyone a little more hungry to get started this year" said Nicholas.

The Rangers begin the season at home against the defending World Series champion Houston Astros on Thursday, March 29.

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