In baseball, apparently the 50-year anniversary gift is a car, or at least, for the Rangers’ Bobby Jones it is.
Jones, Texas’ current replay coordinator, has spent much of the last part of his career as a valued member of the Rangers organization, and is retiring after the season. Before the pre-series workout in Arlington, today, the organization honored his time both with the club and in baseball with an on-field ceremony and a special surprise: A fire-engine red 1965 Ford Mustang, the exact make and model of car that Jones bought after his first year in baseball, and subsequently gave to his brother when he went to serve in the United States Army. His brother then traded that car in for something different before Jones could return to enjoy it again. “This is a dream come true,” said Jones, emotionally, “I always wanted another one, and for them to present it to me today - I’ll cherish it, that’s for sure.”
The unique gift is a fitting touch for a man who has given so much and meant so much to the club over his many years here, as Jones will retire as the longest-tenured member of the Rangers baseball operations department. The Mustang was presented after a few remarks from general manager Jon Daniels and a video highlighting all of Jones’ career was played on the ballpark video boards - a complete surprise to Jones. “I had no idea,” Jones said. “I saw my wife standing here and said ‘What are you doing here?’ - thought she’d come to pick me up from work early, but no, I had no idea.”
Thanks to a thoughtful surprise, Jones will get to spend his retirement cruising through Tulsa in the car he’s always wanted - no better reward for a lifetime of service.