THE NEWBERG REPORT — AUGUST 11, 2006
Adam Eaton threw an impressive 73 percent of his pitches for strikes. None behind anyone’s back, and not many out of the strike zone. Outstanding effort. Outstanding.
(Though I can’t remember a game with so many rifled outs early on. Lots of line drives – for both teams – that went for naught.)
Don’t you have to be able to count on one finger the number of times that a team has intentionally put a Ranger hitter on base to get to Michael Young? The second that Kenji Johjima stood to call for the first of four wide ones to Gary Matthews Jr., I turned to one of my buddies at the game and said: “Slump over.”
First pitch to Young: Slump over.
Thank you, Grover.
Mark Teixeira saw 26 pitches in five trips. Hit a number of them very, very hard.
He’s locked in.
That C.J. Wilson is going to have a long, successful career pitching baseballs.
When Rick Bauer updates his baseball résumé, he, unlike many others, can add, no matter what happens with the rest of his rejuvenated career: “Made Ichiro look silly.”
Carlos Lee has reached base 10 times in his last 12 trips. You can almost overlook the virtual lack of extra-base hits (two) if he’s going to do that.
That speeding ticket I got on the way home, I assure you, was not my tribute to Matthews blowing through Steve Smith’s stop sign.
Although I was just about as close to home when it happened as GMJ was. Maybe I should have told the officer I was just trying to force him to make a play.
Or maybe I made the better choice.