Fan homers to win Rangers season tickets while former star strikes out

Earlier in the week, we shared news of a promotion created by the Texas Rangers, in which they offered season tickets to fans who could hit a home run.

No pressure, but there is a catch to all of this. Not every fan is just going to be able to line up and take a swing. That’s because getting your first three hacks at a home run in Globe Life Park will cost fans a 25% downpayment on their season tickets.

Of course, don’t think you’re going to step up to the plate if you’re a former professional or college baseball player — you’re not allowed in to this one. Oh, and said price of one’s 25% deposit on season tickets will determine the tickets available to you for free (up to $10,000 of course).

Well, on Saturday, the #SwingForTheFences event took place at Globe Life Park in Arlington, and a fan actually hit a home run!

Watch Byron Anderson go deep to win four Rangers season tickets:

Absolutely awesome.

Anderson batted against a pitching machine with a wooden bat and rounded the bases after the ball sailed over the wall. It helped that Anderson played baseball at Tarleton State University.

Anderson, of Fort Worth, got to take part after putting down a deposit Saturday for two half-season tickets. When he then hit his home run, the team gave back the deposit, upgraded his seats and gave him two more.

The Rangers said Anderson is getting $8,500 in free season tickets after the upgrade from two terrace seats to four box seats for his half-season package.

Of the 20 participants, Anderson was the only one to homer. Even seven-time MLB All-Star Michael Young — retired in 2013 and still just 39 — reportedly couldn’t hit a homer in the event.

It was a very good week for the Rangers … and the new owner of four free 2016 season tickets.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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