We're now ready to start taking reservations for the seventh annual Newberg Report Night at Rangers Ballpark, which will be on Sunday, July 25, when Texas wraps up a four-game series against the Angels. As always, we're doing this right around the conventional trade deadline . . . and getting a 90-minute pre-game Q&A session with GM Jon Daniels.
And I'm happy to announce that, depending of course on where things stand with the sale process, Chuck Greenberg has offered to join us for the Q&A portion as well.
One other new feature this year. As always, a ticket to the event costs $30 per person, which includes all the pre-game events as well as your game ticket (parking is not included). But the Rangers have offered the Newberg Report community a sizable discount on luxury suites for that night, and as a result, if you want to watch the game from a suite, you can attend the entire day's events for $100 per person. The suites hold 20 people each - if you have a group (of anywhere between two of you and 20 of you), just let me know so I can be sure to put you together in the same suite.
We have about 300-350 people attend this event every year, and are at absolute capacity as far as the Hall of Fame Theater is concerned - so please make your reservations as soon as you know you'll be attending. Once we reach Theater capacity, we'll have to close registration (though we can continue to sell spots for the game only: $15 for stadium seating and $100 for suite seating). Last year we sold the event out in eight days.
Here's what we tentatively have planned (the details historically get better as we get closer to the event):
3:00 Doors open
We'll gather in the Hall of Fame Theater at Rangers Ballpark. You'll get your game tickets once you enter the Museum - no need to go to Will Call or anywhere else.
You'll have the opportunity in the front lobby of the Hall of Fame to make a donation to our designated charities, which this year will be (1) the Hello Win Column Fund through the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and (2) a local women's shelter. You may donate any amount; for every $10 you donate, you will get one ticket for a memorabilia raffle we'll have during the event.
As usual, I would recommend getting there as early as you can in order to get a good spot in the auditorium. Some of you might have to stand - the theater capacity includes not only the room's 235 permanent seats but also extra folding chairs and standing room.
4:00 Will Carroll & Kevin Goldstein Q&A
Baseball Prospectus writers Will Carroll (an annual Newberg Report Night guest) and Kevin Goldstein (who joined us for the first time last year) are tentatively set to join us again this year. They'll conduct a Q&A session officially beginning at 4:00 p.m., as the theater starts to fill up - though typically they grab the podium closer to 3:30.
4:45 Raffle/Auction, charitable presentation
More details on this later. As we've always done, we'll raise money for a charitable effort at the event, including through your purchase of raffle tickets that day. For every $10 you donate, you will get one ticket for the raffle. Whoever makes the largest donation at the event will get his or her choice of any of the prizes. The remaining prizes will be raffled off.
We'll likely also have a few special items to put up for a quick live auction.
After the auction we'll make a quick charitable presentation.
5:00 Jon Daniels & Chuck Greenberg Q&A
While it's not possible this far out to guarantee his availability, Rangers GM Jon Daniels is expected to join us, as he has the six previous Newberg Report Nights, for a lengthy Q&A session. The fact that the event is less than a week before the conventional trade deadline makes the possibilities even cooler (though don't expect him to take other GM's calls on speakerphone). This is a really unique opportunity, one of my favorite days on the baseball calendar every year.
Also, as mentioned above, prospective owner Chuck Greenberg will join us as well, subject to any limitations from the sale process. If you were at the Sherlock's event in February, you know Chuck's going to be as fired up about getting together that day and night as any of us.
JD and Chuck will arrive at 5:00 and take your questions in the auditorium for about 90 minutes.
6:30 Adjourn to the stadium
At about 6:30, we'll conclude in the auditorium and head to our seats for the 7:05 first pitch. (Again, you'll pick your game tickets up in the Museum when you arrive.) The seats will be in the lower bowl on the first base side, as always. And this year, if you choose, you can sit in a luxury suite with fellow Newberg Report folks at a very affordable cost, thanks to the Rangers.
Please sign up and pay as soon as you know you'll be coming. Spots are first come, first served, and again, last year we sold out in just eight days.
The cost, once again, is $30 (stadium ticket) or $100 (suite ticket), and you can pay in one of two ways:
1. You can order by credit card through PayPal by going to www.paypal.com, selecting the "Send money" option, and typing in GJSneaker@sbcglobal.net where you are prompted for the e-mail account.
2. Or you can send a check or money order, payable to "Jamey Newberg," to:
Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein, P.C.
1601 Elm Street, Suite 4100
Dallas, TX 75201
Let me know what questions you have. I look forward to seeing lots of you there on the 25th.
A few other things:
• In the next couple days, I'll send confirmations to the many of you who have already signed up for the event.
• For those choosing the $30 option (stadium seats), we will likely be in Sections 37 to 40 (lower bowl, first base side), somewhere in that area.
• The suites will not be catered, though you are welcome to cater them at your own expense. You can also bring concessions up to the suites.
• Yes, I will be sure you're sitting with the people you want to sit with, whether in the seats or suites.
• Among the auction items will be a baseball signed by Michael Young, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Scott Feldman, David Murphy, Justin Smoak, Derek Holland, Tommy Hunter, Craig Gentry, Brandon McCarthy, Chris Davis, and Rusty Greer (donated by Grant Schiller). Luther Davis of Davis Auctioneers, who helped us at the second Sherlock's event, is planning to join us for Newberg Report Night as well.
• For PayPal purchasers, I'm told if you click "Personal" rather than "Purchase," and then "Gift," then there won't be a PayPal fee taken out on my end. Not a big deal, but those dollars taken out of every payment add up, and to the extent that we can avoid those fees, it obviously increases the charitable donation we'll be able to make.
• A couple people paid today and said they're surprising Dad with this as a Father's Day gift. Not a terrible idea.
• Kids are welcome to attend.
• We sold out last year in eight days, faster than ever before. We're going to beat that this year. In one day today, we're already 40 percent full. If you plan to come, don't wait too long to register.