Where can you get great sports gifts for the holidays and help out a charity at the same time? At the Bethesda Big Train Holiday Auction!
The auction will be held on November 17 at the DoubleTree Hotel (8120 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda, MD). You can learn more about the event and get tickets HERE.
The Big Train is a collegiate summer baseball team that is part of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. They play at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, which is also the home of Georgetown University’s college baseball team. Many of their players make it to the big leagues. For example, a 2012 Big Train alumni, Hunter Renfroe, was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the first round of the MLB Draft (#11 overall). His MLB.com Prospect Watch summary states Renfroe “broke out in the Cal Ripken League in the summer of 2012.” Keep an eye on this year’s star players like Josh Spano, Bubba Derby, David Del Grande, and Ty France.
Big Train always gets involved in charity. They are a non-profit organization that raises money to improve the conditions of youth baseball and softball fields in Montgomery County, Maryland and the District of Columbia. They hosted the Big Train Celebrity Softball Classic that you may remember I wrote about back in April. They also hosted Gio Gonzalez’s charity baseball camp this year.
At the auction you can bid for seriously awesome things like a signed Bryce Harper jersey, a Bruce Springsteen signed record (wink,wink, mom!) and a “42” movie poster signed by the cast, a 1980 Miracle on Ice USA Olympic Hockey team autographed framed photo, and Sylvester Stallone signed boxing gloves.
And guess what! Nationals reliever Drew Storen will be at the event too! So will ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian, who is also a big Big Train fan and supporter. If you you’d like to meet them, you should definitely buy your tickets right away and head over to the Bethesda Big Train Holiday Auction on Nov. 17.
Prices for a single adult are $50.00. A family pass is $150, and that’s good for four people. The money goes to charity and there will be food and entertainment too. Baseball fans, come and see Nats mascot Screech, Teddy the Racing President, lots of your favorite Natstown bloggers (like me!), Big Train players, Tim Kurkjian and also Drewwwwwww Storen!