The Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish: Engaged.

I remember where I was when I heard that Texas traded Mark Teixeira, and when I heard that the Rangers had swooped in and traded for Cliff Lee.

I'll remember where I was when this super-crazy phase of the Yu Darvish chase ended, because right now I'm within steps of the spot where, 16 years ago, I asked Ginger if she was up for the idea of getting married.  It's a weird, cool thing, being back here with all that's changed, and all that's thankfully stayed the same, and the kids here with us, not at all interested in the significance but not needing to be.

This is where we got engaged, but it wasn't until later of course that we got everything lined up and were married.

And I think there's an extremely excellent and clearly forced parallel to be drawn here, a correlation to what has just happened between the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish, with the dowry (reported to be $51.7 million) in the approving hands of the Nippon Ham Fighters.  A correlation far less important to me than my marriage but more important to you, the mere drawing of which is slightly less likely to be forgiven by my wife than the following:

    See, don't ever set me free
    I always wanna be by your side
    Yeah, Yu really got me now
    Yu got me so I can't sleep at night

    Yeah, Yu really got me now
    Yu got me so I don't know what I’m doin’, yeah
    Oh yeah, Yu really got me now
    Yu got me so I can't sleep at night

    Yu really got me
    Yu really got me
    Yu really got me

It's with all apologies that I continue to march in the Bad Yu Puns Parade, but really I don't apologize at all.  This is such a great time to be a Texas Rangers fan, and I don't mean just on the night of December 19, 2011.

Here's to a smooth 30-day engagement between the suitor and the one whose hand is sought, and to a fantastic, long-lasting, championship-winning union and a wholly bad-ass matrimony.

Love Yu.  Very much.

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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

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