The book release event is Wednesday.

The book release event for the 2013 Bound Edition is this Wednesday, December 19, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Sherlock’s Baker Street Pub & Grill in Arlington (254 Lincoln Square, a few blocks west of Rangers Ballpark).

In past years, we’ve required a purchase of the book in order to get autographs from our guests.  While I’ll have plenty of books on site, there’s no purchase required this year.

This is a photo of Robbie Parker and his daughter Emilie, taken at Rangers Ballpark:

 

Emilie Parker Fund / AP

Emilie Parker Fund / AP

Emilie, age six, was one of the 20 children whose life was senselessly taken on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  You might have seen footage of Robbie speaking about the tragedy, and about Emilie, on Saturday evening.

Robbie lived in Arlington as a child, and remains a Rangers fan.  The Parkers have family in the Metroplex as well.

We’re going to collect donations for the Emilie Parker Memorial Fund at Wednesday night’s event.  If you want to buy a Bound Edition at the event, you can do that (I’ll have the 2011 and 2012 books there, too), but please consider donating to the Memorial Fund first and foremost.

If you can’t make it to the event and are interested in contributing to the Memorial Fund, you can go to Adam Morris’s LoneStarBall website for instructions on how you can do that.  Props to Rangers fan Cormac Kelly, a Connecticut resident, for bringing the idea to Adam.

Our featured guests at Sherlock’s, at the moment, will be UTA and Bishop Lynch product Preston Beck, who was the Rangers’ fifth-round pick in June (and possessor of the best outfield arm in the entire Rangers system, according to a Baseball America feature this month), as well as Rangers Senior Special Assistant to the GM Don Welke and International Scouting Director Mike Daly.  There may be others.  I’ll keep you posted.

Ben Rogers of ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM might be on hand to emcee the event.  Not sure on that just yet.

As usual, we’ll do a Q&A session with Preston, Coach, and Mike once everyone interested in getting autographs has done so.  The private event will be non-smoking – definitely kid-friendly.

Let me know if you have questions.  Hope to see you Wednesday night.

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