SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers organization gathered together between two of their back fields at Surprise Stadium on Monday morning and planted a tree.
The tree is in memory of Dane McDonald, the son of Minor League coach Donzell McDonald who passed away last year at the age of 3. McDonald, his wife Kamaria and their two children were at the ceremony surrounded by almost every Major League and Minor League player, coach, manager, trainer and front office personnel.
"It was very emotional," pitcher Derek Holland said. "I've never had a child, but it must have been devastating. It just has to be hard. Today showed just how strong we are as a family. Playing baseball is fun, but coming together as a family is even better."
The Rangers are playing a Futures Game on Monday night against the Cubs in Mesa. The game involving Minor Leaguers will benefit charity and the Rangers have designated the Dane McDonald Safe at Home Foundation.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.