Jurickson Profar to Oakland in a three-team deal with Tampa Bay that nets Texas three minor league pitchers, a minor league infielder, and international slot money . . . this is very big news. Levi will have a story up on the trade later today on The Athletic, and I’ll follow up soon enough with my own observations. If there were ever a trade that hammers home where the Rangers see their window, and how motivated they are to gear up for it, this is it.
In the meantime . . . .
For the last few years, I’ve set up at a local coffee shop or burger or pizza joint to sell books to those of you needing last-minute Christmas gifts. As this is the last Bound Edition I’ll write, I felt the need to ramp things up a bit.
That’s actually not true. (Well, the final book part is.) What follows is just my good fortune to have a book out at the same time as the great Emily Jones.
Emily and I will be set up at Starbucks — Saturday morning in Dallas and Sunday morning in Fort Worth — with our books for sale. (We’ll sign them, too, if that’s your thing.)
Emily will have copies of her brand new children’s book, “Something Special in the Stands,” and her previous book, “A Place for Everyone,” and I’ll have copies of the 2019 (and final) Bound Edition, plus copies of the Bound Editions from the two World Series seasons.
“Something Special in the Stands” is a children’s story that follows the main character, Hattie, on her first trip to the ballpark. While she’s there, Hattie meets two girls—Hannah and Amber—who show her the value in making new friends and teach her a few things about those with special needs.
“A Place For Everyone” follows the main character, Henry, through his transition to a new school after his mom takes a new job across town, focusing on the importance of inclusion and acceptance.
Meanwhile, the 2019 Bound Edition of the Newberg Report contains all of my 2018 stories from The Athletic as well as prospect features that preview 2019 and beyond.
(I hope you buy my book. I really hope you buy Emily’s. She’s doing something really important and needed here.)
(I can also bring any other years of the book, from 1999 forward with a couple out-of-stock exceptions, if you email me an hour two in advance to let me know.)
Cash or credit accepted.
The weather is supposed to be great all weekend. Come meet Emily and pick up some books for the Rangers fans and kids on your shopping lists.
See you then!
— Jamey & Emily
P.S. If you can’t make it tomorrow or Sunday, you can also order Emily’s books here, or mine (in hard copy or digital format) here.