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, 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.
In addition, we'll have a live auction at approximately 7:30 pm, presided over by Luther & Caleb Davis of David Auctioneers. All proceeds from the auction will go toward our collection of donations for the Memorial Fund. The auction items include the following so far, and the list is growing:
•Autographed Jurickson Profar Pro-model bat (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
•Giant canvas 2010 World Series ticket autographed by Jon Daniels, Thad Levine, Josh Boyd, Don Welke (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
•Autographed Adrian Beltre baseball (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
•Autographed Pudge Rodriguez baseball (courtesy of Keeli Garza)
•Autographed Rafael Palmeiro baseball (courtesy of Keeli Garza)
•Autographed Gaylord Perry baseball (courtesy of Autographs Ink)
•Autographed Fergie Jenkins baseball (courtesy of Autographs Ink)
•Autographed Jeff Burroughs baseball (courtesy of Autographs Ink)
•Autographed Hank Blalock baseball (courtesy of Autographs Ink)
•Autographed Kenny Rogers baseball (courtesy of Greg Holland)
•Autographed Orange Bowman Chrome Kellin Deglan baseball card, # 14/25 (courtesy of the Deglan family)
•Framed original Yu Darvish print (courtesy of local artist Pat Payton)
•Mickey Mantle/Joe DiMaggio signed photograph (courtesy of Caleb Davis of Davis Auctioneers)
•Game-used lineup card from Frisco RoughRiders' inaugural 2003 season, signed by entire team (courtesy of Allen Cordrey)
•Opportunity to hang out with Ben & Skin during the airing of their 9-noon show on ESPN 103.3 FM (courtesy of Ben Rogers and Jeff "Skin" Wade)
•Opportunity to hang out at taping of DFW SportsBeat with host Brady Tinker and Everson Walls (courtesy of Brady Tinker)
•Dallas Stars home jersey, autographed by Joe Nieuwendyk, Marty Turco, Gerald Diduck, and Bob Bassen (courtesy of Dallas Stars)
•Four tickets to a mutually agreed-on Sunday Rangers game, plus a half-inning on the P.A. system for a child (courtesy of Chuck Morgan)
•Approximately 20 autographed Topps baseball cards donated by Connecticut native Mike Olt
•Autographed game-used bat donated by Mike Olt
•Autographed new bat donated by Mike Olt
•Autographed game-used infield glove donated by Mike Olt
Also, we have a limited supply of Newberg Report T-Shirts left – available online only – and all proceeds between now and the end of the year will go to the Memorial Fund. To order T-Shirts, go to http://thenewbergreport.storenvy.com/. Thanks to Brian Maines of Johnny Velvet Tees for doing this.