The San Francisco Giants have announced that Jon Miller will be in Redding on Feb. 10 for a fundraiser for the community baseball field on the Simpson University Campus.
Jon Miller's parents and brother live in Redding, and he's agreed to speak at the baseball-themed evening at Simpson.
Roger Janis, an advancement representative, hopes the university will eventually raise enough money to get the field, and eventually a stadium, built.
"Jon has broadcast for national television, Sunday Night baseball, he's done other teams, but now [he's] with the Giants, and the Giants have had a couple of exciting years," Janis said. "This is a great opportunity to hear some of the inside stories, what it's like to be associated with a World Series baseball team. After yesterday, baseball sounds good right now."
Most of the rough grading on the field is already done. The next step is to get the infrastructure down, and set up the water system and drainage before the field can be planted.
Simpson still needs several hundred thousand dollars to get it done, and officials say they won't spend money they don't have.
"An Evening With Jon Miller" is Feb. 10, Sunday night, in the Simpson University gym. Doors open at 5 p.m. with baseball-type food. There will also be a silent auction for an hour or so. The program starts at 6 p.m. with a talk by Jon Miller, and a chance to ask him questions. There's a live auction at 6:30 p.m., and the evening should be over by 7 p.m.
Tickets are $30 a piece, or there are opportunities to buy a table. You can purchase them at http://simpson.edu/jonmiller.