We’re now ready to start taking reservations for the Eighth Annual Newberg Report Night at Rangers Ballpark, which will be on Sunday, July 24, when Texas wraps up a three-game series against the Blue Jays. As always, we’re doing this right around the conventional trade deadline – and getting a 90-minute pre-game Q&A session in the Hall of Fame Theater with Rangers GM Jon Daniels.
We have several different price point options this year:
- Admission to all the pre-game events plus a game ticket (we’ll be in two sections in Upper Reserved seating, first base side) costs $35 per person (parking is not included)
- Admission to all the pre-game events plus a luxury suite ticket (we’ll be in two sections in Upper Reserved seating) costs $125 per person (parking and catering are not included) – the suites hold 20 people each, so 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 . . . but you can certainly buy one suite ticket as well
- Game ticket only (that is, no admission to the pre-game events): $15 per person
- Suite ticket only (no admission to the pre-game events): $100 per person
- [Admission to the pre-game events without a game ticket costs the same as it would if you bought a game ticket: $35 per person]
We have about 300-350 people attend this event every year. Once we reach Hall of Fame 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 two days, so please make your reservations as soon as you know you’ll be attending.
Here’s what we tentatively have planned (the details tend to 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 Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and (2) the Hello Win Column Fund. 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 Kevin Goldstein & Jason Parks Q&A
Baseball Prospectus prospect experts and podcast tag team Kevin Goldstein, who has joined us the last two years, and Jason Parks, whose work at www.texasfarmreview.com backs up his claim that he’ll always be a Rangers guy at heart, are set to join us as the opening act. They’ll conduct a Q&A session officially beginning at 4:00 p.m., as the theater starts to fill up – though typically this part gets rolling closer to 3:30.
4:45 Raffle/Auction, charitable presentation
More details on this later. As we’ve always done, we use this event to raise money for charitable efforts, 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 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 seven previous Newberg Report Nights, for a lengthy Q&A session. The fact that the event is 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.
JD is expected to 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 the seats/suites for the 7:05 first pitch. (Again, you’ll pick your game tickets up just inside the Hall of Fame entrance when you arrive.)
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 two days.
The cost, once again, is $35 (pre-game plus Upper Reserved ticket) or $125 (pre-game plus suite ticket), and you can pay in one of two ways:
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
If you’re paying by check, I’d recommend mailing it right away so the event doesn’t close before your payment arrives.
If you’re buying multiple tickets, I don’t need to know every attendee’s name, but if you’re paying separately from someone you want to sit with for the game (whether in seats or a suite), let me know their names in an email or in a note with your payment (PayPal or check).
One last thing: Just like last year, we’re opening up sponsorship opportunities for the event. There are $500 and $1,000 sponsorship levels, both of which include two suite tickets, an autographed 2011 Bound Edition, and mentions in all event-related email ($500 level) and Twitter blasts and the 2012 Bound Edition ($500 and $1,000 levels).
If you or your business might be interested, give me a shout.
Looking forward to this.
Let me know what questions you have. I look forward to seeing lots of you there on the 24th.