Newberg: Baseball, hot dogs, Jeff Malm, and the enduring dreams of the uninvited.

When I heard last week that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey were shutting the circus down once and for all, after having been around three times longer than me, it registered with me that the news didn’t really register with me. I guess I hadn’t really thought about it, maybe ever, but on reflection […]

Jamey Newberg: Pudge.

“He said he wanted to be a Texas Ranger his whole career and he wanted to see if he could work out a deal.  That really meant a lot to me, and I think it meant a lot to this franchise.” That’s what Rangers President Tom Schieffer told a national reporter on August 1, 1997, the […]

Newberg: Tyson Ross, and rarity.

The Rangers agreed to terms on a pillow contract with Ian Desmond last year on February 29, the rarest of dates, and both the team and the player reaped rich rewards. Friday the 13th is somewhat less of a calendar anomaly than Leap Day, but then again Tyson Ross doesn’t need to have the kind of breakout season […]

Newberg: The concept of a re-Encarnacion.

  Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Teixeira lead the majors with 31 homers from the clean-up slot. Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports ” width=”600″ height=”399″ /> There was a space of about two days, last mid-December, when I thought Mike Napoli was going to join us at last year’s book release party, even though he’d signed with […]

Jamey Newberg: Ever after.

It’s without apology or more than a split-second’s introspection that I admit that, in certain years — most of them, lately — my rooting interest in the playoffs once Texas has exited has been that I pretty much want every team to lose, with only slight indifference in some cases. The last two seasons, for obvious reasons, the exception has been […]

Newberg: Where your feet are.

“If you use your eyes and ears,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said on Sunday morning, “there’s reminders throughout your week that life’s short and you don’t call all the shots.” He’d been asked to comment on the news that a boat accident had claimed Jose Fernandez’s life hours earlier. The former Rangers hitting coach, who made a mark […]

Newberg: Triumph-virate.

It was a night of three’s. All three Rangers pitchers were outstanding, particularly starter Martin Perez (7-4-2-2-0-2, 60 strikes out of 79 pitches, first-pitch strikes to 20 of 27 Angels), making a strong statement — at least at the moment — that the club could do worse than deploying Number 33 as its Number Three in the ALDS. Three […]

Newberg: Wrecking Ball.

Wins come in all kinds of different forms, as therefore do losses, and if I were blogging the Astros season I don’t know that I’d have the will to write this one up. Though, really, as new as the story line might have been Monday night, it was true to the formula, and I’m not […]

Jamey Newberg: +1.

David Price, with his insanely strange career mark against the Rangers (3-5, 5.52 in 13 regular season games, plus 1-6, 5.48 in six playoff starts and one relief appearance), by far his lifetime nemesis among teams he’s faced more than a couple times, served up a Shin-Soo Choo home run on his second pitch of the game, […]

Newberg: Just you watch

This is Hugh. Hugh leaves baseball games early. As long as he’s done the wave. Hugh will tell you there’s no bigger baseball fan. Every chance he gets. Hugh has a friend 240 miles south who really gets baseball.  It’s about kicking the farm-rankings can and the MVP race and the countdown to someone combining Rasmus’s […]