Impressions.

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First impressions:

 

1. Eric Nadel and Dave
Barnett sound great together.  And Rangers baseball, courtesy of 105.3 The
Fan, sounds awesome in FM.

 

2. As for Neftali Feliz,
yes, it’s tougher up here (a run on three hits and a walk in two innings), but
in his first career effort against big league hitters, he struck out the side
in his first inning of work and added a fourth punchout in his second frame
(Felipe Lopez, who had also fanned as Feliz’s first opponent the previous
inning).  Two swinging, two looking.

 

3. Kirby Puckett hit
207 career home runs, but none in his 583 rookie year plate appearances.  Max Newberg was held goalless in his
three-year-old debut soccer season, but in this year’s opener, a few hours ago,
he drilled the net from about 15 feet out. 
He acted like he’d been there before, I’m proud to say, but I’ll never
forget the smile on his face as his teammates swarmed him.

 

Second impressions:

 

1. The second airing
of MLB Network’s “Josh Hamilton: Resurrecting the Dream” documentary will be at
noon (Central) this Wednesday.  Go set
your DVR.

 

2. Max Ramirez, in
his second camp with the Rangers, is now 2 for 4 this spring (having just
doubled to left center to set up what would be a two-run eighth to give Texas a
5-3 lead over Arizona).  Unless Ramirez
comes back up in the ninth, his .500/.500/.750 line will be frozen for a while,
as he departs tomorrow for Team Venezuela World Baseball Classic duties.  Ramirez was just announced yesterday as a
member of Baseball America‘s “All-Winter
League Team,” coming off a .291/.391/.618 run in which he led the Venezuela Winter
League in home runs (15 in 220 plate appearances) and was second in slugging.

 

Third impression:

 

Eleanor Czajka has
loaded edition number three of Ryan Tatusko’s “Back Field Diaries,” along with
the first two entries, on the Minor Details page, linked at the top of www.newbergreport.com

 

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

 


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