Birthdays, and an invite.

Happy Birthday to my friends Suzy and Robin, and to erstwhile Rangers pitchers Logan Verrett (9 innings) and Bruce Chen (10 innings), and to Dirk Nowitzki, who turns 37 today.

Logan (righthander) and Robin (defensive end) both played at Baylor, 20 years apart.

Suzy and Bruce played for a combined 11 big league franchises.

Me and Dirk?  We have sons named Max.

There are so many other things Dirk and I have in common:

  1. One sister
  2. Rangers fan
  3. Radiohead
  4. Lifelong friendship with Grubes
  5. One-legged fadeaway [except for me]

And now the list grows by one.

We’ll face off on Saturday, June 27 – you know, much as the Rangers/Cardinals World Series was the Adrian Beltre vs. Gerald Laird Classic – in the Dirk Nowitzki 2015 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at Dr Pepper Ballpark, home of the Frisco RoughRiders.

Among those expected to play in the game (the proceeds of which will benefit the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and Heroes Foundation) are Dirk, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Charles Barkley, Steve Nash, Nick Van Exel, Michael Young, Kevin Mench, Mike Bacsik, Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Cole Beasley, Joseph Randle, Dan Bailey, Terrance Williams, Tyler Seguin, and Ben and Skin.  Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons, Rick Carlisle, and Michael Finley are also expected to be on hand.

Dirk, Nash, and Fin back together.  First time in more than a decade.

Gates open at 4:30.  There will be a Special Olympics All-Star Softball Game at 4:45.  The nine-inning baseball game begins at 6:00.  I will likely get hurt at some point before the postgame fireworks show (if not before the first pitch).

Tickets are on sale here.  Take note: Last year’s game sold out.

The Rangers play in Toronto at noon that day, so you won’t be missing any baseball by coming to Dirk’s Game that night.

(Of course, you may see just about zero “baseball” if you do show up.  Except when Michael Young is doing Michael Young things.)

Dirk might even sing this at the end of the ballgame, which would be all kinds of awesome.

But not if the Michael Young Crew can help it.

Seriously: You should go.


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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