Derek Holland paid tribute to Rangers fan Sister Frances on the mound after she passed away
She was known to every Rangers fan, broadcaster and player -- always banging her drum from her seat behind home plate. She was Sister Frances Evans, a nun and Texas superfan, who passed away at the age of 90 on Friday.
Though he's now a White Sox, and was pitching in Kansas City on Sunday, Derek Holland remembered his time with her fondly from the eight years that he was with the Rangers. He posted to Instagram before his start to "remember someone special."
Fans of Arlington we take a time to remember someone special and for me she was around to see my whole career in texas and wish I could of got to see her more. Very passionate and loving lady to the texas rangers and always would hear her bang that drum. Hope to see the traditional drum banging when I come to texas. But this is a lady who will be missed and is in my eyes a member of the Texas rangers. Thanks for being a great and loving fan of not only the game but the texas rangers. As I do with my granny I will be writing her name on the back of the mound tomorrow to pay my respects. #bangthatdrum #sisterfrancis #restinpeace #thankyou #rangernation #whitesoxnation
And then, as he has written "Granny" on the back of the mound since his grandmother passed away in Spring Training, Holland added Sister Frances' name.
"She was at every single game," Holland told MLB.com's Scott Merkin. "She always had a drum, she would always beat it. It was really cool as a player to hear that -- you knew it was her. Unfortunately, she passed away and I wanted to make sure she got the recognition she deserved. Obviously I'm on a different team but respect is where it's made and she deserves that. My prayers are up with her family and everyone affected by it."
"I wish I could have done a better job today for her but this is how the game is," Holland said after pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing three runs in Chicago's 5-4 loss. "The main thing is to pay respect to her family and her friends and all those around her."