After decades of futility, Texas Rangers fans have become accustomed to seeing the local team playing in October after two World Series trips in the past three seasons. After falling 5-2 in a win-or-go-home game against David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays, the Rangers off-season began a lot sooner than any DFW sports fan had originally envisoned.
Some fans can cheer on former Rangers Mike Napoli, ALCS MVP Koji Uehara and Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the Boston Red Sox take on the team that beat Texas in the 2011 Fall Classic, the St. Louis Cardinals. Plenty of fans are upset at the exit of CEO Nolan Ryan. Others are already looking ahead to the off-season to see if the Rangers catch any big fish in the free agent market.
While the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando may be the biggest off-season event for the Rangers organization, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation is holding a big event of its own with An Evening with the Rangers on Dec. 18 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The event will take place from 6-10 p.m. inside the Capital One Club behind home plate and features special guests manager Ron Washington and starting pitcher Derek Holland.
Those attending the event will have the opportunity to pose for pictures and receive an autographed baseball from Washington and Holland. There will also be a question and answer session with the two Rangers to go along with a multi-course holiday dinner. In addition to some questions about the future of the Rangers, I'm guessing that someone will likely ask Holland to do his well-known impression of Wash during the Q&A segment.
An Evening with the Rangers is $300 per couple and net proceeds will benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. They are also accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys for the Santa Cops holiday program. For further information and to purchase tickets, call (817) 622-7883 or visit here.
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