Wednesday, September 07, 2005
David Newhan Born
The son of long-time Los Angeles Times sports columnist Ross Newhan, David was a journeyman who had a low-level break out season in Baltimore last year at age thirty, although he seems to have regressed somewhat this year, batting just .204 and dubbing the Orioles' Triple-A home Ottawa as "a terrible place to be" featuring "bad weather, bad fans [and] bad atmosphere."
His grumpiness and poor performance this year not withstanding, Newhan was a key player in my favorite (non Yankee) play from 2004. It took place on July 21st at
Now, here is where the whole thing gets strange. Damon has a weak arm, and was probably hoping to hold Newhan to a triple with the ball reaching cut off man Mark Bellhorn. However, for reasons known only to himself (and maybe not even then) Manny Ramirez, the Sox left fielder, made a diving play on Damon's throw, cutting it off in the shallow left-center. Seeing this, Newhan, who had been slowing down at third base, promptly turned the jets back on and took off for home. Manny then--from his knees--threw the ball to Bellhorn who sent it home to catcher Jason Varitek.
It was too late however, as Newhan chugged home and slid around Varitek's late tag, finishing an improbable inside-the-park three run home run, thanks to a diving cut off from a left fielder and avoiding being tagged out on a play that would've gone 8-7-4-2.
Editor’s Note: Speaking of things involving Pedro Martinez, one of my esteemed guest writers, Evan Drellich, has deciding to try and make it own his own in the blogging world. His Mr. Met’s Words of Wisdom is one of the latest entries to the Mets’ blogsphere but I’m pleased to say it is already one of the best. I recommend you check it out.