Big weekend for 2011 Rangers (and fans)

The 2011 baseball season unofficially begins this weekend, doesn't it?

The annual Dr Pepper Mid-Winter Awards Banquet is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center and more than 1,400 fans are expected to attend. (I'll be tweeting from the event @espn_durrett).

The Texas Rangers 2011 FanFest Presented by Majestic Athletic and MetroPCS is at the Arlington Convention Center and is completely indoors starting Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be all kinds of autographs and fun events for kids and adults. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 13 for a one-day pass (adults are $25 and kids$10 for the two-day pass). The list of autograph times should be posted at some point today.