2011 American League Champions are off to a great start for 2012, but will pay tribute to one of the best teams Monday night.

Texas Rangers fans are just as excited as anyone for the 2012 season and all it holds after last years World Series appearance. This year the Rangers are off to a great start standing in first for the American League West with a record of 10-2.

Tonight the Rangers are set to take on the Detroit Tigers and hopefully continue the winning record. But Monday night is going to be a game for the books. Why is that, you say, Rangers and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez have announced that Pudge will be retiring as an active player where he began his major league career with the Rangers in 1991. The game will loose one of its best catchers of all time.

Rodriguez received 13 Gold Gloves and caught more games than any other player in big league history. You can catch the ceremony and "Pudge" throwing the ceremonial first pitch on Monday night when the Rangers take on the Yankees.