We packed the Twilite Lounge last night with more people than the fire marshal probably would have OK’d, and up above the bar, while we talked Rangers baseball for more than two hours, there was an NFL game on mute.  Which seemed appropriate.

Thanks to Agustin Gonzalez and Jamie Kelly of Paranoid Fan for putting on the event, Ben Rogers for doing Ben Rogers things, Danny Balis for opening his place up for us, Grubes and TepidP and the folks from Shutdown Inning for classing up the joint, and all of you who came out (not the least of which are those of you who allowed me to come home with one fewer box of World Series Bound Editions than I arrived with — my wife thanks you).  (I can ship more 2011 books [2010 World Series season] and 2012 books [2011 World Series season] immediately if any of you need holiday gifts.)

The Rangers are hosting the 2013 Cowboy Santas Toy Drive Finale today at the Ballpark from 4:30-7:30.  You can bring new, unwrapped toys and books (appropriate for newborns through age 12), and your kids can play in the KidsZone and bounce between the face painting, balloon artist, and photo booth stations (with a special appearance by Santa Claus).  The Rangers will have holiday movies showing on a video screen in the center field Vandergriff Plaza area, and Sportservice will provide food and drink specials.

These current and former Rangers players, coaches, and media will sign autographs at the event as well:

4:30-5:30:  Ron Washington, Bobby Jones, Benji Gil, Jose Guzman, Jim Sundberg, Todd Van Poppel, Emily Jones

5:30-6:30:  Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Steve Buechele, Rusty Greer, Tom Grieve, Dave Hostetler, Kevin Mench, Matt Hicks

6:30-7:30:  Tanner Scheppers, Shawn Tolleson, Tim Crabtree, Larry Hardy, Mark McLemore, Pete O’Brien, Steve Busby

Thanks again to everyone who helped make last night a really good night of mid-December baseball.

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