THE NEWBERG REPORT — JUNE 10, 2007

THE NEWBERG
REPORT

We were down to our final out, blanked for eight and
two-thirds with baseball’s best 2007 closer on the mound, having just registered
a three-pitch strikeout and a comebacker for out number two.  The way this
season has gone, you knew the odds.  If you even gave so much thought as to what
the odds might have been.

Then Brad Wilkerson stepped to the plate.  And then
Ramon Vazquez.  And Gerald Laird and Kenny Lofton and Marlon
Byrd.

Neither Brad nor Ramon nor Kenny nor Marlon was around
in 2004.  Gerald was but it was his disjointed rookie season, half of which was
erased by a broken thumb. 

But Michael Young was around for 89-73 that year, and so
was Francisco Cordero, around for a season that gave us lots of moments like
last night’s.

Whether Brad and Ramon
and Kenny and Marlon will be around the next time this team wins, it’s hard to
say.

But Michael will be. 

And I will be. 

And games like that one
give us a reminder of why we care about this so much, how it felt when we were
repaid with moments that matter, and how it’s going to feel for those of us
hanging in there for the next time this team strings together a season of
moments like that. 

Not for the bandwagoners
who will call themselves huge Rangers fans the next time this team is playing
meaningful September games.  For you and me.

It, unquestionably, will
rock.

 

You can read more from Jamey Newberg at www.NewbergReport.com.

7 Comments

You always know just how to say it, Jamey. I couldn’t agree more. Particularly with the last few paragraphs.

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Agreed! My son and I were jumping all over the living room last night in our West Texas home! I don’t think Brad, Ramon, or Kenny will be around beyond ’07, but I hope Byrd has finally found himself a home. I love being able to see Michael pulling up his average – he’s off to a great June. I have been most impressed with his play. As for when this ship does turn around it means I won’t be the only one at a restaurant wearing Ranger’s Gear, but it won’t be nearly as sweet for those who didn’t stick by the entire time. Get well Hank and Mark! Go Rangers! Sweep the Brew Crew!

Last night our 25th wedding anniversarynight out was topped off with that win. Today all she talks about is the bottom of the ninth, not the necklace, not the dinner just the game. Iam the luckiest man in the world

The game last night was for true Rangers fans. Going into the nineth and down 3 runs and then come back was sooo sweet.I knew we were going to win when Michael Young was up with 2 on and 2 outs. Mr. Clutch was at bat!

The game last night was for true Rangers fans. Going into the nineth and down 3 runs and then come back was sooo sweet.I knew we were going to win when Michael Young was up with 2 on and 2 outs. Mr. Clutch was at bat!

That win was unbelievable .. I was laughing and crying at the same time .. brilliant … you gotta believe don’t ya … I hope it provides the spark to get the Rangers back on track and winning again… GO RANGERS.

Great article Jamey…I am the biggest south american fan. I live in Colombia (South America) and watch every single game on mlb tv. I became Rangers fan when I went to UTA from 1990 to 1994 playing for the tennis team. Since then, Rangers are my life besides my family. I even have problems with my wife, because of the games…I just dont go out waiting for the games..She does not understand a Rangers soul. Go rangers FOREVER

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