My 8-year-old has himself a new hobby: collecting baseball cards, which now involves semi-regular trips to Nick's, where, last week, they told him the signed Curtis Wilkerson he found in an old box of Topps commons was real, all right, and worth a good ... what ... 25 cents? Ah -- but what's it worth if he signs it twice?
Turns out, Wilkerson's among the dozens of former Rangers scheduled to show up at the Ballpark in Arlington this weekend, when Kenny Rogers is inducted into the ballclub's Hall of Fame during an on-the-field ceremony scheduled to begin broiling at 6:40 Saturday, pushing back Rangers-Indians to 7:15 p.m. But the tip o' the ceremonial cap in The Gambler's general direction is only one of a handful of events scheduled during the weekend.
There's a Friday-morning luncheon on tap (featuring Rogers, sure, but also Rusty Greer, Tom Grieve, Toby Harrah, Charlie Hough, Nolan Ryan, Ruben Sierra and Jim Sundberg), followed by a Saturday meet-and-greet at the Ballpark, during which some 60 ex-Rangers will sign autographs on the main concourse, between home plate and third base. But it's a short-lived reunion: The team sends word that they'll only be out there between 5 and 5:45 p.m. Why so short? Charlie Hough can only go 45 minutes between smokes, man. Jump for the whole list of scheduled attendees. It's worth it.
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Todd Van Poppel
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