Here are the details at this point for next Sunday’s (July 29) Newberg Report Night events. There could be some tweaks between now and then. (Generally, those are positive changes.)
One I can verify now: Jon Daniels will be there, as will Don Welke. And there might be others from the Rangers’ Baseball Operations group as well.
If you want to be sure that you’re seated with someone in particular during the game and haven’t already told me, please let me know by Friday.
This year’s Newberg Report Night events are sponsored by Rollin Bredenberg of BNSF.
2:00 Doors open
Doors to the Rangers Ballpark Hall of Fame space will open at 2:00. The entrance is on Randol Mill, which is the road that borders the south edge of the ballpark grounds. The door to the Hall of Fame is between the ballpark’s first base entrance and center field entrance.
You’ll check in and get your game tickets once you enter the Hall of Fame. Please bring some form of ID.
The front lobby of the Hall of Fame is also where you can make your donation to (1) the Hello Win Column Fund or (2) the Mike Coolbaugh Diamond Dreams Foundation. You can specify which organization you want to contribute to – for those who don’t specify, we’ll split those donations 50-50 between the two organizations.
You may donate any amount; for every $10 you donate, you will get one ticket for the memorabilia raffle that we’ll have during the event. Cash or checks preferred, but for the first time I think we’re also going to have credit card payment available (if I can get this Square Card Reader thing set up).
Also, courtesy of the Hello Win Column Fund, everyone making donations will get their choice of one item from following batch: Rangers Hall of Fame pin collections, bobbleheads, Rangers “Celebriducks,” Rangers baseball cards, caps, posters, statues, Rangers nesting dolls, and other stuff – until the items run out.
We’ll also have a supply of Newberg Report T-Shirts in the new style, courtesy of Brian Maines of Johnny Velvet Tees and Julie Granberry of Graphic Solutions Group, Inc., available for $15 each. Each shirt purchased will come with a raffle ticket.
Come early and grab a seat; it’s going to be a standing-room-only event. In any event, please arrive early enough to make your donations no later than 3:30 – we’ll begin the drawing shortly after that.
2:30 Q&A with Don Welke and Will Carroll
Rangers Senior Special Assistant to the GM Don Welke, one of Jon Daniels’s key advisors and one of baseball’s most respected scouts, will take your questions along with Sports Illustrated writer Will Carroll.
The Q&A session officially begins at 2:30 p.m., as the theater starts to fill up – though typically this part gets rolling earlier than that if they’re ready to get started.
3:45 Raffle/auction, charitable presentation
As we’ve always done, a big part of Newberg Report Night is raising money for charitable efforts, including through your purchase of raffle tickets that day.
This year’s contribution from the event, including 100 percent of the proceeds from the raffle and auction, will go to two worthy organizations.
The Hello Win Column Fund was established in July 2005 in memory of Mark and Alice Holtz. Mark’s daughter, Cindy Kuster, and her husband, Jeff Kuster, established the fund as a way to continue Mark and Alice’s legacy and support other families impacted by cancer. Money raised in the Hello Win Column Fund is used to support DFW-area cancer programs, such as the Ronald McDonald House. The Kuster family also donates Rangers tickets to 50-60 games each season to cancer patients and their families.
In conjunction with the Hello Win Column Fund, we are hosting a family from the Ronald McDonald House at Sunday’s event.
The other half of our donation will go to the Mike Coolbaugh Diamond Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Scott and Susan Coolbaugh to honor Scott’s brother Mike’s memory by promoting safety in the game of baseball and providing support to members of the baseball community in need. On July 22, 2007, while coaching first base for the AA Tulsa Drillers, Mike was struck by a line drive in foul territory and killed instantly. To honor Mike and his contributions to baseball, and to advance his passion for perpetuating the game and helping others, Scott and Susan started Diamond Dreams in 2009, and have raised money to build safe, state-of-the-art batting cages and practice facilities, provided financial assistance and baseball equipment to others in the baseball community nationwide who have been affected by tragedy, and awarded college scholarships to student-athletes from Mike’s high school in San Antonio.
Again, for every $10 you donate, you will get one ticket for the raffle. Whoever makes the largest donation on Sunday (in the form of raffle tickets bought) will get his or her choice of any of the raffle prizes. The remaining prizes will be raffled off by drawing.
Here’s the raffle prize lineup, at the moment (there could be changes – we’ll know in the next couple days):
· An autographed Jurickson Profar baseball (courtesy of Diamond Dreams)
· An autographed Mike Olt baseball (courtesy of Diamond Dreams)
· An autographed Steve Buechele baseball (courtesy of Diamond Dreams)
· An autographed baseball including Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner and Johnny Mize and others (courtesy of London Wright)
· An autographed baseball including most of the 1987 Rangers club (courtesy of London Wright)
· An autographed Ian Kinsler baseball (courtesy of London Wright)
· An autographed Michael Young baseball (courtesy of London Wright)
· An autographed Rusty Greer baseball (courtesy of London Wright)
· An autographed Ruben Sierra baseball (courtesy of London Wright)
· An autographed Kevin Mench baseball (courtesy of London Wright)
· An autographed Jim Sundberg, Dave Stewart, Dave Schmidt baseball (courtesy of London Wright)
· An autographed baseball including Tom Grieve, Bobby Valentine, Oddibe McDowell, Charlie Hough, Steve Buechele, Pete O’Brien, and others (courtesy of London Wright)
· A 2012 Newberg Report Bound Edition signed by Derek Holland, Jurickson Profar, Robbie Ross, Scott Coolbaugh, and Jamey Newberg (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
· A collection of RoughRiders apparel (courtesy of Diamond Dreams)
· A 16x20 signed by Martin Perez (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
· An 8x10 signed by Matt Harrison (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
· An 8x10 signed by Craig Gentry (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
· An 8x10 signed by Mark Lowe (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
· A 2005 game-used Clinton LumberKings jersey (possibly Eric Hurley’s), autographed by more than a dozen Clinton players
· A Rangers replica home jersey (Large) with the name "HOLTZ" and "Hello Win Column" on the back (courtesy of HWC)
We’ll also have a few special items to put up for a quick live auction (conducted this year by Bret Richards of Hudson & Marshall Auctioneers), with all proceeds split between HWC and Diamond Dreams. The auction items will include the following (again, there could be changes):
· A World Series baseball signed by Mitch Moreland (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
· A 2011 World Series baseball signed by Neftali Feliz (courtesy of Greg Maroni)
· A 2011 ALDS game-used baseball signed by Derek Holland (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
· Two seats in Sec. 16, row 1 to Rangers-Tigers, Friday night, August 10 (immediately behind commissioner’s box) plus a season’s ticket parking pass (courtesy of Bruce Rothstein)
· Two separate groups of four invited to visit Chuck Morgan’s mission control during the game (courtesy of Chuck Morgan)
· An inning in the TV booth with Steve Busby and Tom Grieve (a visit, not an on-the-air segment, to be arranged on a mutually convenient date) (courtesy of Buzz and Tom)
· An inning in the radio booth with Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks (a visit, not an on-the-air segment, to be arranged on a mutually convenient date) (courtesy of Eric and Matt)
· Lunch for two with Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade of the Ben & Skin Show and me
· Eight Upper Reserved tickets to tomorrow's Rangers-Angels game (me)
· An autographed Gaylord Perry baseball (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
· An autographed Mike Napoli bat (courtesy of Diamond Dreams)
· An autographed Mitch Moreland bat (courtesy of Diamond Dreams)
· An autographed Craig Gentry bat (courtesy of Diamond Dreams)
· An Engel Beltre game-used bat (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
· An autographed Jason Jennings Pro-model bat (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
· An autographed Jurickson Profar Pro-model bat (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
· An autographed, game-used Jurickson Profar bat (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
I’m asked every year if folks not attending the event can submit auction bids. We can’t do that, as we consider the auction to be a benefit for those who have paid to attend. You can certainly send in donations to HWC or Diamond Dreams if you’d like, however.
4:00 Jon Daniels Q&A
Rangers GM Jon Daniels will join us, as he has the eight previous Newberg Report Nights, for a lengthy Q&A session . . . with just two days remaining before the trade deadline. He should arrive at 4:00 and take your questions (and maybe a deadline-related call or text) for about 90 minutes.
JD might be bringing others from the Baseball Operations group with him as well.
5:30 To the game
At about 5:30, we’ll conclude in the theater and head to our seats/suites for the 6:05 first pitch. (Again, you’ll pick your game tickets up just inside the Hall of Fame entrance when you arrive.)
Note: The first 10,000 fans aged 13 and under will receive a Dr Pepper/Walmart Elvis Andrus Blue Jersey.
I’ll blast the list again with any new details between now and next Sunday.