THE NEWBERG REPORT — JUNE 10, 2007
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
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
Whether Brad and Ramon
and Kenny and Marlon will be around the next time this team wins, it’s hard to
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