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Rangers Baseball Legend Pudge Rodriguez Visits Methodist Mansfield NICU

Hall of Famer and Texas Rangers legend Pudge Rodriguez visited babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center on Tuesday, June 11. Surrounded by his youngest fans, the babies wore Rangers onesies and oversized baseball caps to meet Pudge.

“Our babies are our MVPs—our most valuable princesses and princes,” says Juan Fresquez, President of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. “With the help of their parents and our amazing nurses, we thought it would be fun to dress them up for the baseball legend’s big visit.”

Each family went home with a special souvenir, a baseball signed by Pudge and stamped with their baby's footprint.

Afterward, Pudge hosted the 2019 All-Ellis County All-Star Preps awards banquet at the Waxahachie Civic Center, an event sponsored by Methodist Midlothian Medical Center. The evening celebrated the accomplishments of more than 300 county athletes and coaches across 19 sports and 15 campuses.

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