(San Antonio, TX) - With just over a month until H-E-B Big League Weekend, a limited quantity of individual tickets to the Kings of the Diamond Dinner on Thursday, March 16 has been made available. The fifth annual event is set to feature Terry Francona, the reigning American League Manager of the Year, and Nolan Ryan, baseball's all-time strikeout leader.
The dinner takes place at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a cocktail hour before the dinner kicks off at 7 p.m. The event will benefit HeartGift of San Antonio, the Miracle League of San Antonio and the Nolan Ryan Foundation.
A limited number of tables for the dinner are also available. The purchase of a table guarantees preferred seating for this one-of-a-kind event.
The annual dinner has included several of baseball's most influential players including Hall of Famers Lou Brock and Gaylord Perry (2014), Pete Rose (2015) and Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer George Brett last year. "We've had the opportunity to hear candid conversations from the game's best over the last three years," Ryan Sanders CEO Reese Ryan said. "By bringing in Terry, fans will get to see the game from the perspective of not only a player, but one of the winningest managers in baseball."
The event kicks off H-E-B Big League Weekend 2017, a two-game Major League Baseball exhibition series hosted at the iconic Alamodome in downtown San Antonio. This year features the American League West Champion Texas Rangers and the American League Champion Cleveland Indians. The games will be played on Friday, March 17 (7 p.m.) and Saturday, March 18 (2 p.m.).
A limited number of suites are available to catch the Rangers and Indians do battle at the Alamodome. Fans can enjoy not only the game, but the postgame concert as well from the comfort of a private suite, complete with customizable food and beverage options.
To purchase individual tickets or a table for the Kings of the Diamond dinner, visit BigLeagueWeekend.com or contact Elisa Fogle via email or by phone at 210-229-1847. To purchase a suite, contact Stu Scally via email or phone at 512-238-2258. For more information on H-E-B Big League Weekend, fans can also go to Facebook.com/SABigLeagueWeekend or @SABigLeagueWeekend.
ABOUT RYAN SANDERS BASEBALL
Combine a 27-year, Hall of Fame baseball career with more than 50 years of savvy business approaches and the roots of Ryan Sanders Baseball begin to take hold. Today, the group is comprised of more than 60 minority shareholders, many of them former professional baseball players. Established by Nolan Ryan, Major League Baseball's all-time strikeout king, his son, Reid, and Houston businessman Don Sanders, Ryan Sanders Baseball laid down its foundation in Round Rock when it purchased the Jackson Generals and moved the team to Texas for the 2000 season. Over the past 18 years, Ryan Sanders has owned and operated two of the most successful franchises in minor league baseball. The group, led by CEO Reese Ryan, currently owns and operates the Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers AAA) as well as Ryan Sanders Sports Services (RS3).
HeartGift's purpose is to provide the necessary surgery including funds, coordination of care, and medical services for children with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) living in countries where specialized medical treatments is scare or nonexistent. Established in June of 2000, HeartGift began its work in Austin, TX. After establishing a successful model that made great impact, the organization expanded to form additional chapters. Chapters are located in Austin, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and San Antonio. HeartGift has now served over 250 children and families from 30 countries.
ABOUT MIRACLE LEAGUE OF SAN ANTONIO
Founded by Michael Miller in 2003, Miracle League of San Antonio is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball in an organized league. Miracle League of San Antonio operates a fully-lit, four-acre complex that includes the Mays Family Field of Dreams, a custom-designed venue that incorporates cushioned synthetic turf that can accommodate wheelchairs and other walking assistance devices. During each Miracle League game, every child is given an opportunity to hit the ball and score a run. Miracle League team members are assigned "buddies" who assist them in hitting the ball and "running" the bases. Buddies can be fellow schoolmates, parents, college students, business leaders or anyone who wishes to volunteer his time to give a child the gift of baseball.
ABOUT THE NOLAN RYAN FOUNDATION
The Nolan Ryan Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed in Alvin, TX in 1990. The Foundation moved to Round Rock, TX in 2016. Nolan and Ruth Ryan generously give their time for a wide variety of fundraising efforts that enable the foundation to provide resources for youth, education and community development.
Pitching in for a better future, the Nolan Ryan Foundation has disbursed funds for projects such as fulfilling a pledge to the Greater Houston YMCA, contributing to Girl Scouts of America, Alvin Community College sports program, the Miracle League of Austin, as well as providing scholarships to high school seniors who are entering college and other local community projects.