Details of 2012 Awards Show and FanFest / Young and Wilson win team 2011 awards

Arlington, Texas – The 2012 Texas Rangers Dr Pepper Awards Show and FanFest will take place January 12-15 at the Arlington Convention Center. The details for the two events were announced today.

Tickets for both the Dr Pepper Awards Show and FanFest will go on sale TOMORROW, Thursday, December 1 at 9:00 a.m. at texasrangers.com or by calling 972-RANGERS.

The Texas Rangers Dr Pepper Awards Show will be held on Thursday evening, January 12. This new event will include a number of award presentations to Rangers players and other baseball personalities as well as being a celebration of the 2011 American League champions. There will also be live entertainment and other special festivities.

The Dr Pepper Awards Show will be a theater-style seating event. Doors to the Arlington Convention Center will open at 6:30 p.m. and fans attending will be able to get a sneak peak of FanFest. Refreshments will also be served and are including in the ticket price. The Awards Show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $75.00 each for Reserved Seating and $50.00 for General Admission.

2012 Texas Rangers FanFest will be a three-day event and will be open on Friday, January 13 from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 14 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, January 15 from 12 noon until 5:00 p.m.

Rangers FanFest was completely revamped in 2011 and will once again include a number of interactive and other activities:

Batting Cage – Life size batting cage with top of the line-pitching machine will pitch safety balls to fans.

Speed Pitch – Fans will get the opportunity to stand on a mound and test their arms. 

Home Run Derby Field – Fans can hit one “out of the park”…literally. This mini Rangers Ballpark will provide fun and entertainment for all ages.

Locker Room/ American League Trophy display – This great photo opportunity will allow fans to feel they are in the real Rangers clubhouse and have their pictures taken with the 2011 American League Trophy.        

Ground Ball / Fly Ball catch – Fans will be able to test their skills against a pop-fly or ground ball in this area.          

Team Photo Opportunity  -  Fans will be able to have their picture taken with the 2011 team!  Fan Fest will feature a life-size team photo cut out.

Lil Sluggers – This interactive will be for the young Rangers fans (8 and under). It will be decorated with MLB Mascots – kids can step up and hit the whiffle balls off a tee.

Event Stage – The Event Stage will be a highlight of the event.  Fans will be treated to Q&A sessions with current and former players as well as special interest topics about the Texas Rangers.  The stage will also have a dance contest, giveaways, and much more throughout the weekend!

Steal Home Challenge – Fans can race against the clock from third base to home plate and compare their speed with their favorite Rangers.

Autograph Stages will be located in the main Exhibit Hall.  Autographs signings will be posted approximately two hours in advance of each session and will include numerous current and former Rangers. Attendees will be announced as they are confirmed.

Photo Stage – Throughout the event, fans will be able to get their photos taken with their favorite Rangers personalities.

Admission will be $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 13 and under for a one-day pass and $50.00 for adults and $25.00 for children 13 and under for a three-day pass. A limited number of Autograph Fast Passes, which guarantee the Fast Pass holders every autograph for every player who will be participating in the formal autograph sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with “front of the line” access, will also be on sale for $500 per pass (Fan Fest event tickets are additional cost). Full details and rules for the Autograph Fast Pass are posted on texasrangers.com/fanfest.

MICHAEL YOUNG AND C.J. WILSON WIN 2011 RANGERS TEAM AWARDS

The Rangers also announced today that infielder-designated hitter Michael Young has been selected as the team’s 2011 Player of the Year and left-hander C.J. Wilson is the club’s 2011 Pitcher of the Year. Young and Wilson were selected in voting conducted by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

It is Young’s fifth Player of the Year selection (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011), tying Juan Gonzalez for the most in club history. Young batted a career best .338, third in the A.L., and tied for the major league lead with 213 hits to go along with 11 homers and 106 RBI in 159 games.

Wilson earned his second consecutive Pitcher of the Year Award to join Charlie Hough (6), Kenny Rogers (4), Rick Helling (2), and Ferguson Jenkins (2) as Rangers multiple winners. He was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA and 206 strikeouts while tying for the major league lead with 34 starts in 2011.

Young and Wilson will be among the award recipients at the 2012 Texas Rangers Dr Pepper Awards Show on Thursday, January 12. Other award winners will be announced in upcoming weeks.