In 1999, Rangers assistant director of player development Jake Krug was playing third base behind Grayson County Community College teammate John Lackey on the way to the Vikings' Junior College World Series title.
Chuck Morgan was holding court before 2.8 million fans in what was the Rangers' third playoff season out of four.
That year, Michael Young was playing his final full season in the Toronto system, splitting time between second base and shortstop for High A Dunedin.
Also in 1999, Chuck Greenberg helped Mario Lemieux save the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins from bankruptcy.
Eleven years later, they all converged in a packed room at Sherlock's Baker St. Pub in North Dallas, each talking about what it will take to get the Rangers back to where they haven't been since that 1999 season.
I have a lot to say about last night's event, but I'm a bit tired this morning and think I'll put it off for a day or two.
Between your generosity during the live auction, and Michael & Cristina's matching contribution, Wipe Out Kids' Cancer has $10,470 more do good things with. Inspiring.
When I write next, I'll have links to others' write-ups and photos from the party. In the meantime, you can watch Ted Price's live video stream of the entire event at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/4405103. (Not sure how many days it will remain up, but I think it will be there all day today.)
That was a blast. Thanks to everyone who was there.
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