ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – The Texas Rangers took a stop along their 2018 Winter Caravan at Dyess Air Force Base Friday.

Rangers catcher Brett Nicholas, Rangers play-by-play radio broadcaster Matt Hicks, Round Rock Express outfielder Preston Beck, and Frisco Rough Riders pitcher Reed Garrett made the trip out to Abilene.

“It’s kind of similar to what we do in the sense that you see the finished product,” said Nicholas. “You get to see more of what’s going on and realize everybody has got the same love for the state of Texas.”

“I have never been on a military base before,” said Beck. “Just to be able to come out here and see how big it is and see what’s going on is pretty cool.”

Garrett, who attended the Virginia Military Institute, and Hicks, whose father enlisted in the Air Force, were thrilled to step back into a military setting.

“I just enjoy being around it,” said Garrett. “I was around it for 3 1/2 years so it’s awesome to come back out and see what it would have been like if I chose this career path instead of baseball.”

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be on any military base and being a representative of the Texas Rangers,” said Hicks. “We take that really seriously. We know we have fans throughout the state of Texas; we have fans all around the country and so, when we have the opportunity to come out and see those people, we want to be able to do it and be able come out here with a smile on our face and just share a little bit of our personal experience with them.”