Got 'em.

“You know, I was acting like I was scared,” he chuckled, “so he would throw me the same pitch.  And he did.  And I put a good swing on it.”

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“That’s as surprised as I have ever been at a player’s answer on the postgame show,” said Eric Nadel, who has broadcasted over 5,000 Texas Rangers baseball games.  “I was thinking from the time it happened and he got the double [that] we’ve gotta ask him on the postgame show about the knockdown pitch as a prelude to the game-winning hit.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think that that would be the answer.  I thought he’d say, maybe, ‘I was mad,’ or ‘No big deal,’ but for him to say he acted scared so he would get the same pitch again, that was amazing.

“You talk about a guy who has instincts for the game?  That’s brilliant.”

I watched the sequence again, several times.  The wince, the pained scowl as he walked away from the box to regather himself, the settling back in for the next Kyle Farnsworth pitch.

The swing.

Wash nudging Josh Hamilton in the dugout, at the front of a visitors’ dugout in St. Petersburg that I remember seeing look that alive last October.

Jurickson Profar crossed the plate after Hamilton was clipped in the foot with the bases full, and the dugout was still alive, messing with Profar like a bunch of 19-year-olds.

Later during the postgame interview that Nadel and Matt Hicks did with Profar, the man with two big league starts and two game-winning hits recalled what was going on his head as he awaited his final at-bat in the on-deck circle.

“As soon as Geo hit that double, I was thinking, ‘We got ’em.’”

Asked after the game what Profar has meant to the team since arriving a week earlier, Hamilton smiled and said, “He brings a lot of energy.”

And a lot more other stuff, too.

 
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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

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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