THE NEWBERG REPORT — AUGUST 13, 2007
When this photo was taken on January 15, 2005, at the Newberg Report Bound Edition Release Party at Rawlings All American Grille in the Ballpark, whatever vision any of us worked up for what the 2007 season might bring for the Rangers and Chris Young, Thomas Diamond, and John Danks was obviously dead wrong.
But two years is a long time to map out. A lot longer than 12 days.
Do you think that on July 31, 2007, Boston imagined that, 12 days later, Eric Gagné would surrender a game-tying, two-run home run to Baltimore’s Miguel Tejada in the eighth inning of a game that the Sox would ultimately lose in 10 innings, allowing the Yankees to pull to within four games of the division lead, a lead that stood at seven games on the day that Boston acquired Gagné, who now has a 15.75 ERA with Boston and has permitted 10 hits and two walks in four innings of work?
Do you think that, on that same day the trade went down, the Rangers imagined that, 12 days later, they’d be fired up about the return they got for Gagné despite having Kason Gabbard exit his start, after just 18 pitches, with forearm stiffness? David Murphy helps Texas spank the Devil Rays, setting a career high with three hits, all of which were well-struck doubles, which tied a franchise record. And down in the Arizona League, Engel Beltre homers for the second time in four games and adds a run-scoring single.
Like that January 2005 photo, yesterday’s action was just a snapshot, but both go to show that you just never know.