Thursday, May 24, 2012

Freeing a Son From His Father's Words

       By Ross Newhan

       It may be noted by followers of this blog that it has been nicely redesigned, by my wife, and that references to our son, David Newhan, have been eliminated.

      We have not disowned David. We are proud of his wife, the two grandchildren they have provided us and his own accomplishments, including parts of eight seasons in the major leagues and almost six in all (and where are all those scouts who only seemed to see his short-comings when he was the second baseman on one of the best high school teams in the country?).

      During his tenures in the major leagues, when asked by reporters if he had ever thought about becoming a sportswriter like his dad, David would laugh and say, "no, I heard him yell and cuss out the computer too many times."

      I still do that occasionally, and yet, when David retired (a surfing accident resulted in a broken neck and he and all of us feel truly blessed that he has no repurcussions from it and is totally healthy) he and I decided that we formed a unique duo--a baseball writing father and a son who had played in the major leagues--and that we might provide unique insights through this blog.

     David, as it turned out, did have things to say and wrote well, but it has now been more than two years since he contributed. He had gone to work for the San Diego Padres and felt he was not in position to comment on other teams or players, or the industry as a whole. It is for the same reason that we have finally gotten around to removing his name from the heading, the blogs themselves and all comment responses.

     I just wanted to make it clear that the opinions expressed here, and which will continue to be expressed here, have been mine and mine alone, despite the heading and the appearance of David's name at different spots on the web site.

    The redesign did not spring from any one particular blog or response. It was just time, past time, to free David from any possible blame or misinterpretation for something I alone had written or will write in the future.

    Now, if I could only do something about this darn computer.              

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