Monday, October 29, 2007
So now the Red Sox will build on their triumph and attempt to construct a dynasty in Beantown. They’ll try to re-sign Mike Lowell and Curt Schilling, but expect the demand for their services to be high. Still, the Red Sox have a load of talent that will be returning in 2008 and John Henry & Co. have shown a willingness to spend money, attract talent and be competitive. The Red Sox could easily win some more titles in 2008, 2009 and beyond. This is a new golden age, Sox fans.
Meanwhile, over at the Evil Empire, A-Rod has apparently told the Yankees that he intends on opting out of his deal and pursuing free agency. With Lowell likely to leave, this opens up third base in Fenway to A-Rod. I can’t see A-Rod in a Red Sox uniform, but wouldn’t that be a shocker?
No, I think A-Rod is likely headed out to the West Coast to join the Anaheim Angels. It strikes me as a good fit: the Angels will spend the cash to make it happen and A-Rod strikes me as a SoCal kinda guy (i.e., a metrosexual) anyway, instead of Boston.
What a calamity the Yankees off-season is shaping up to be! The bad press over their "firing" of Joe Torre, the decision of A-Rod to leave, the likely departure of Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and others ... They are making a nice move in bringing Joe Girardi aboard, but the bad news heavily outweighs the good. Plus, it seems like Steinbrenner's sons are angrily wielding power let petty tyrants. Hank Steinbrenner's angry tirade ("I don't want anybody on my team that doesn't want to be a Yankee") looks like sour grapes and underscores a petulant approach to negotiating and managing a team. With the Red Sox on the rise, these could be the new Dark Ages (remember 1965 - 1973?) for the Yankees.
More tomorrow. I have a few more posts for the week. Sorry I didn't post more last week, but I've been beat.