Saturday, January 24, 2009

David Newhan: Back to the Astros?

For those of you who like your Jews with a dash of Jesus, Messianic Jew David Newhan has a standing invite to come back to to spring training and battle for a reserve infield spot.

Newhan, the son of sportswriting legend Ross Newhan, was a delight to deal with when I had the chance during his tenure with the Mets. And unlike his time in New York, Newhan even hit a little with the Astros, posting a reasonable line of .260/.297/.404.

His whole career has been an unlikely one. And I'd imagine some will say he doesn't belong in my book. But he was Bar Mitzvahed, and considers himself Jewish. I will leave it to others to say who is and isn't a Member of the Tribe. (The Indians, incidentally, are one of the few teams he hasn't played for.)

4 comments:

Josh Borenstein said...

I guess I've never really understood what Jews for Jesus means. It's sort of a contradiction, isn't it?

Believing that Jesus is man's savior is pretty much the antithesis of Judaism. I just don't get it. How anyone can go to church and still consider himself Jewish is beyond me.

Ellie said...

It would be cool if Scott Schoeneweis or Brad Aumus or Ryan Braun got to play for the Indians. How many people can say they're a member of the tribe and mean it 2 ways?

Asher's Dad said...

Keep up the good work, Howard, you mensch.

L'shana Tova!

Asher's Dad said...

Re: Jews For Jesus .... just another not-so-subtle, not-so-thinly veiled attempt at converting Jews into "perfected" beings (if you believe Ann Coulter).

If anyone believes Ann Coulter please seek psychological attention immediately.

L'shana !