THE NEWBERG REPORT — NOVEMBER 30, 2006
It’ll be a cold day in **** before Barry Zito visits Texas as a free agent.
An evil “wintry mix” will render road conditions “treacherous,” less than 24 hours removed from 80 degree temperatures.
We’ve seen this act before. From Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens, and some others of less consequence. But maybe – maybe – there’s one reason to hope that T.R. Sullivan’s story this evening that Zito and his agent, Scott Boras (ahem), were in this paralyzed town today to meet with Tom Hicks and Jon Daniels isn’t just another tale of a top-tier free agent pitcher creating the appearance of getting Texas involved just so he can leverage negotiations with the team(s) he really wants to pitch for. Maybe.
But ask yourself this: Would you rather Zito not have made the visit?
Off to make the kids another cup of hot chocolate.