A reminder, that the Rangers Fan Fest is this coming weekend at the Arlington Convention Center.....4 to 10:30 on Friday and 9 to 7 on Saturday.
Today's Rangers History lesson: at the Major League Fall Business Meetings in 1986, I heard the Chicago Cubs promotions people tell about this Cubs Fans Convention that they had some success with in 1986...I thought why not us....so in February of 1987, we became the second club in baseball to have a winter type of event for fans with the Rangers Winter Carnival....I thought we would have a couple of thousand that first time, we ended up with just over 6,000 for the one day event. I took a little of what I heard from the Cubs, a little bit of Mickey's Christmas Party at Disney World and little bit of the Country Music Fan Fair that I was part of in Nashville for several years and the Rangers Winter Carnival was born. It has gone through several transformations over the years, been done away with for awhile, brought back, etc. But the idea still is there to take a weekend in the winter and get folks to start thinking that its not too long before pitchers and catchers report.
Most of you know what goes on.....you can visit texasrangers.com for more details....but we have a good lineup of players coming in this week for Q & A sessions, autograph sessions, some clinics in the wiffle ball park and more. Lance Berkman will be there, A. J. Pierzynski is coming in along with most of the other regulars....Yu will be there Friday night, so I hope most of you will get a chance to come by this weekend.
I have to do a Q & A session with Joe Nathan Friday night at 5:30, then I have to be the announcer for the awards show, other than that, I will just be hanging around....so if you get a chance, please stop by, I would like to shake your hand and say thanks for your support.
Hope to see you at the Arlington Convention Center this weekend.