Sun. Feb. 29
Best Performance for a Motion Pitcher
Out the Red Carpet
"Quality of the stuff after
that considerable layoff? In the opinion of one trained
observer, "ridiculous." Martinez threw 49 pitches from
the bullpen late Sunday morning and the results were
typically sparkling. "The only word (pitching coach)
Dave Wallace used was 'ridiculous,' "said Sox manager
- Pedro precise in session.
Billy Crystal does A-Rod to
Yankees bit with disappointed Sox fan in Academy Awards
Right Out of Left Field
"Then there's Manny Ramirez.
"Some of the stuff in the offseason bothered me," says
Ramirez, who went to the Dominican for three weeks
before spring training to get in special hitting and
conditioning before reporting in the best shape of his
career. "I understand the trade, some of the other
stuff. But it hurt me when people say I am a 'cancer' or
'a bad person.' I'm not, my teammates know that. I'm not
perfect, but I'm a good person. I just hope to have a
big year. You know what I'm proud of? That I've really
improved in left field. I want to stay there. Trot
Nixon's the best in right. I want to be the best in
"Manny can be in la la
land," says Martinez. "But he is a great hitter, maybe
the best right-handed hitter in the game, and players
like him because he is a very nice man. People don't
realize that he gets to the park and does his weight
work during the season at 9:30 in the morning. He goes
home, naps, has lunch and comes to the park to hit at 2.
I'll put my hand in the fire for the three hardest
working men on our team -- Jason Varitek, Trot Nixon and
- Good stuff from Gammons
(And no one said you were
a 'cancer' or 'a bad person' Manny, you're just 'a
lovable goofball'... who wanted to go to the Yankees
Deron Snyder Gets His Manny
years of tracking down the elusive superstar, Snyder gets exclusive
while Ramirez stiffs Boston fans and media again, and vows to be
silent for another season.
scoop, Deron knows Manny from his days in
Manny (and what Manny
forgot to say): “I can’t be mad at anybody (John
Henry tried to accommodate me as he said many times).
I’m happy to be back with the guys (just wish those
guys were in the Bronx). What happened in the winter
happened, and it’s in the past (I wanted to go to the
Yankees, they tried to stick my toes in Texas). In
this business you do what you have to do (cash big
ass paychecks, take some good swings, call it a day).
I’m not going to get down on myself (because I asked
out and now I'm stuck here). Being with the guys has
always been what I look forward to (and these guys
will have to do). I have five years left, and I’d
like to stay here and finish my career in Boston (no
need to play after 2008 since Duquette emptied out the
Yawkey Trust for me). I never thought it was a done
deal (like those Dirt Dog bastards). That deal’s
not going to happen (Texas wouldn't pay my ridiculous
contract either). Me and Nomar have been too good to
the Sox for that deal to happen (Alright I'm kidding,
they would have sent us packing in a New York minute if
there were any takers). My agent called and told me
about the waivers (I requested through him). I
was a little bit mad (at Steinbrenner for not
grabbing me right away). But I said this is a
business (so I'll give the Boston writers the
business by talking to you, not them and their readers
in Boston). Baseball doesn’t need me. I need
baseball (Mato wrote that line for me this morning,
what do you think?). I’m always happy when I’m
hanging around with the guys (I just pretend I don't
play for the Red Sox). I’m still the same guy
(work hard, take good swings, cash checks, get out of
there). There are probably some people who think I’m
difficult because I don’t talk that much in the press
(but I have no desire to communicate with the fans who
follow this team, sorry). But I get along with
everybody. I’m not mad at the press (I just enjoy
stiffing them like this, maybe I'll go on the internet
next just to piss them off more). They have a job to
do (but I'm never going to help them do it no matter
what Lucchino wants). If I was in that position,
that would be my job and I’d do it, too (maybe I'll
become a sportswriter in 2009 and give myself an
exclusive with me). I’m not mad just because
sometimes they write some stuff (hey, it's all true)."
- Ft. Myers News Press Exclusive
Next week, Manny will sit
down with the Poughkeepsie PennySaver for a
three-part exclusive interview.
Gordon Edes can just hold his
Trot's Not About the Money
(are you listening Nomar? Pedro?)
"Money's great, but it's not what makes the
world turn," Nixon said. "I think a lot of people really
believe that it does, but it's not. Don't get me wrong, it's
beautiful, the comfort, the stability I'll have for the next
three years. The biggest thing is, I want to win a
championship here. If other guys aren't looking for that in
this clubhouse, then it's time to move on and go elsewhere."
- Trot Nixon to Dave Heuschkel of The Courant.
Chasing Steinbrenner is the
story of two journeys through baseball's most warped
division. It chronicles the 2003 season of both the Red Sox
and Blue Jays, and the people who run them. A few of the
chapters regarding the Red Sox include the Contreras/Millar
off-season, following Theo during opening day, and the
inner-workings of a trading deadline deal.
suggestions that he might commit suicide if he couldn’t
bring Kevin back to Nagoya. The man from Chunichi even
asked the Millars for bank account numbers, Kevin’s or
his dad’s, to put chunks of Chunichi money into (again,
Chuck was tempted). Understanding the Japanese’s
end-of-the-world approach wasn’t easily accomplished."
Exclusive Excerpts from Chasing Steinbrenner:
Now, with these strangers from a
strange land putting the heat on, Kevin was being reminded
of the family's mantra. "It!" was tattooed on his arm, and
it was being ingrained in his brain.
Midway through the group's
second meeting, it was Chuck who almost allowed his son's
preparation and pre-get-together focus to slide into
Kevin's dad initially appeared
to be on his game, telling the Chunichi folks that with the
impending military action in Iraq he wanted his entire
family to be stateside. Chuck still had two sons in
elementary school and didn't want them worrying about their
big brother's safety overseas.
Team Chunichi said no problem,
the team would put the kids up in one of the area's best
schools and hire a security detail to protect them. And if
that wasn't enough, the Dragons offered Chuck $1 million and
a house. That's when the kicking started.
Kevin saw the look on his dad's
face, and didn't like what he saw. The son started booting
his father under the table, leading the pair to take an
impromptu bathroom break. Once in the rest room the Millars
just broke into laughter. Chuck was a lab technician who
would commonly work two shifts a day, but was on the verge
of turning his back on $1 million and a free house. It was
all too surreal.
If there weren't going to be
laughs, there would be tears … some tears of frustration,
but more tears of joy. The kid who didn't even hit cleanup
for his youth baseball team was now telling his dad to
politely dismiss more 0's on one check than either had
thought they would see in a lifetime.
The Millars had come a long way,
with a hotel bathroom suddenly serving as the journey's most
- Read more of Chasing Steinbrenner and the Millar saga
Sat, Feb. 28
Bobby Jones and Pokey Reese Take Baseball Card Photos in Forty
Fri. Feb. 27
(just kidding, but wanted to get that headline in...
yes, that's venerable Disco DJ Vinnie Peruzzi)
Pedro 15 minutes late to
"How to Deal with the Media" meeting
while Manny cruises in and out
Pedro Sick of "Pedro"
2.27.04: Boston Herald, Gerry
Callahan: He said some people - he's not sure who - accused him
of faking an illness last season to avoid pitching against the
Yankees. He said that was bad, but this was worse. He said some
people on the radio were making fun of him while he was in a Boston
hospital last week caring for his sick, 5-year-old son. He said
those people were accusing him of showing up late to spring training
this year for no good reason.
"And my son's lying there in bed,'' he
said. "How would you feel? The doctors were more upset than I was.
They heard about it and they wanted to write a letter, but I said I
didn't need that. I'm just tired of it. I'm tired of talking, I'm
tired of being the guy everybody comes to. I'm tired of
When he says everything, he means it.
Moments before he lashed back at his stealth critics, Martinez was
engulfed in Sox fans, signing autographs and smiling for photographs
for hundreds of giddy snowbirds for half an hour. At one point, the
crowd broke into a chant of "Ped-ro! Ped-ro!'' It was a nice
gesture, but he really doesn't want to hear it anymore.
"I'm tired of my name,'' he said. "Hey,
Pedro, Pedro, Pedro. That's all I hear. Pedro, Pedro, Pedro. I want
to change my name.''
- Pedro's the man
Schilling Plays Hardball with Bonds
"The balls are
On Bonds' claim the
baseballs are softer lately... "That's crap. We
have better young pitchers coming up and some of the
hitters are a little smaller lately.
On the Yankees A-Rod
addition... "I dropped an f-bomb, like most Sox
fans. I know one thing though...one player can't win
you a championship. If we don't win the World
Series, we can blame anyone but ourselves."
Yankees'/Steinbrenner's style... "It's funny how
we criticize winning in America. What he's
(Steinbrenner) doing is within the rules. They're
not cheating. If you look at what they do, they put
more of their revenue into their payroll than any
team. That's why the are in it every year." -
2.25 - Schilling with ESPN radio's Dan Patrick
"It's clear just seeing his body" - Turk
Thu. Feb. 26
A Little Scary
Theo looks like he saw a ghost
Walking on Water, Manny
Rain Manny Too!
What Would Johnny Do?
Last one in is fit and trim.
And all ten toes are in Boston
"After Ramirez refused to pinch hit at Veterans Stadium, 10
of his teammates went to Grady Little and told the former
manager to bench Ramirez. If you don't do something, they
told Little, you are going to lose this team." - Michael
Holley, Boston Globe
(And the insane clown posse still blames "the media" for the
Schilling BMW .gif courtesy of SoSH's
Shaughnessy Spinning His Wheels
"Schilling's cars have made a big splash
in Fort Myers. The white BMW (760) with the spinning hubcaps is
nifty, and then there's the vintage Hummer that changes colors
depending on where you stand (blue to purple to green to teal)." -
2.21 Globe, Shaughnessy (Look for a correction in the Globe
But It's Not Curt's Car
"Just for clarities sake, and for the
sake of good honest reporting, I don't own a "Beemer", nor do I have
hubcaps that spin, though my son does on his John Deere Tractor I
think." - 2.21 Curt Schilling
Schill Gets Excellent Mileage in Florida
"Just something as stupid as... I don't
own a white Beemer, how that got out that I don't... and then when
you find out that the guy checked with the clubhouse guy to get his
facts, my concern is that if you can't figure out that I'm not
driving two cars to the park every day, you know, we're gonna have
trouble here in August." - 2.24 CS on D&C WEEI
Wed. Feb. 25
Not a Happy Camper
"How Would You
Nomar News Conference: The
seat still fits. Can you believe after these three months, I'm still
here in Fort Myers? That's pretty good. I'm glad. I was like, man, I
wonder if the seats are still warm. They're still warm, which is
I'll tell you what, from my standpoint
right now, all of this stuff is in the past, at least it's going to
be put past me for the next eight months. I'm excited about our
I agreed a couple of years ago not to
talk about details of the contracts, and I'm still going to uphold
that promise on my part. Talks have been going on. There have been
some discussions back and forth. Where are they at right now? Where
we're at right now is I'm here at Spring Training working out and
getting ready to go. I'm going
to fulfill that contract (I signed). We assumed we were going to
resume the talks at the end of the season. But they were focused on
something else. Who knows how its going to go from hereon out. I
didn't know what camp I was going to come into this year. Right now
all I can look into is one day at a time.
I talked to Kevin, he's probably going to take me out
to dinner tonight. All you guys are invited. We put that behind us, and now everything is
really good. ...I was probably surprised when I heard about it
(A-Rod to NY). I'm not about enhancing my position, that's not what
I'm focused on.
future in Boston: It's
just day to day, 'cause that's all I can go by right now.
That remains to be seen and everything and I'm not really
worried about that (next contract), and I'll let have
someone else kind of focus on that and take care of that for
me, cause that's really what I pay them good money to them
as well and my job is really to go out there and play the
game, that's really what I'm really focused on looking at
that when that time comes and it's something that I can
really look at, and take serious, then I'll address that
issue when it comes.
Gammons says Nomar Negotiations Not Going Well.
The Red Sox look at it like
'well, you know, if you take the numbers, Edgar Renteria is the same
player as Nomar Garciaparra, and Cabrera isn't that far down below.
I don't know if their willing to go to $16 million, I don't think
Nomar is going to be willing to cave in." - Peter Gammons on
"Nomar understandably isn't real happy.
His last meeting with Theo and Lucchino didn't go well, as he felt
Henry might well have been there. No hometown discount. Hometown
could have been Comiskey Park... The Dodgers are not going to be a
$100m team, and Paul DePodesta will be hard to buy on Nomar... He
will never make excuses, but I think he had a tired wrist at the end
of the season. I am told he is in unbelievable shape, and while his
relationship with the club, may be strained, he is up for his best
season since '99."
- 2.23: Peter Gammons on
"Nomar will leave treadmarks getting
out of Boston next winter. "
- 2.23: Another National Sportswriter
Pedro is in the House
(but is he running for the
House that Ruth built?)
"I think the hammer is with
Pedro, this (A-Rod to NY) impacts him much more than Nomar, because
clearly the Red Sox have become obsessive about the Yankees, and
let's face it, the hammer out, their worst scenario is Pedro ending
up a Yankee. Which I think Steinbrenner would go for in a heartbeat,
if he went out on the market."
- Peter Gammons on Pedro
"I'm just gonna go and compete like I
have to. Like a professional, for my year contract, that
I have and if they don't want to sign me, that's fine,
I'm pretty sure I'll probably get a job with somebody
else. But if they do, I'll be more than happy to stay
- Pedro Martinez
On expectations: Game 7 is
over, let's move on... I hope it is that we
are the team to beat, but I don't want to say it, I want to do it,
that's the main role. We have to go out there and prove it, not just
you won't win ballgames.
On he and Schilling to push each
other to higher levels: No. I don't expect anybody to push me. I
expect to be healthy and push myself. I don't need anybody to push
me. I would like to help him and I would like him help me when I need
I need any advice or something he can pick up, but I don't think I
need an extra push.
Anything different this off-season: I rested
a little bit more, I rested for like a month and a half and it paid
off because I gained the 10 lbs. I lost
last year and I feel great physically. I actually feel like in those
young days when it was easy to pick up a ball and just gas it
somewhere, so I hope I can maintain that.
On Zimmer incident and (making up
with New York for some reason): I don't need to call him, he
doesn't need to call me. I didn't do anything wrong. I was trying to
protect the man, and he kind of tried to punch me, so I had to let
him go. I was totally aware that I did not want to hurt the man. I
did not intend to hurt him or throw him on the ground. I just had to
let him go because he tried to hurt me, he tried to punch me and he
was very embarrassed and he apologized. I didn't feel like I had to
because I didn't do anything wrong, I went out there like everybody
does whenever there's a fight, and I would do it again, and this
time I hope I don't find somebody like Zimmer and I would do
whatever to protect my teammates and I'm pretty sure he understands
that, and that's the only reason I went out. I didn't go out there
with the intentions to hit Zimmer or anybody. I actually respect him
a lot. I respect Joe Torre and the whole coaching staff. When I went
to my head like this I just said "I remember" not "I'm gonna plunk
somebody on the head." I'm a professional and I know what a life is
to a person, so I did not mean to say "I'm hitting you in the head"
like a lot of the people in New York actually, put in the papers, I
just said "I will remember" in Spanish to Jorge, I remember what
you're saying and that he mentioned my mamma's name, in a bad way.
On going into the season without a
contract: No that won't bother me, I'm actually aware that it's
not up to me to get a new contract, I'm just gonna go and compete
like I have to. Like a professional, for my year contract, that I
have and if they don't want to sign me, that's fine, I'm pretty sure
I'll probably get a job with somebody else. But if they do, I'll be
more than happy to stay here.
There are no talks, none. And I'm not
expecting it, I'm not looking forward to it. I just expecting to
work this year and actually let them make the move. The ball's is in
Tues. Feb 24
On "Dirt Dogs" Gaining Value in the Post
"Absolutely. With the threat of
testing last year, no one hit 50 homers. This spring, heads
and necks may seem smaller, and we will hear the expression
"personal nutritionist" ad nauseum. Good, I want to see the
Nixons, Variteks, Millars, Ortiezes, et al do well."
- 2.23: Peter Gammons
On the Juice
Off the Juice
Mon. Feb. 23
Steinbrenner's Mad as Hell Over Henry's Remarks
Georgie Porgie will file a
grievance with Commissioner
(Hello dummy, let's face it –
you put the 'suck' in success you hockey puck of an owner)
Padres owner John Moores: "George is
one of the most profoundly selfish people I've ever known. I don't
know if Steinbrenner is losing his mind as he gets older. I guess he
wants to win 162 games a season. This is one terribly bad deal."
Big Daddy Arrives
Ortizzle Only Spoke to Manny Once this
"I had a good
relationship with Manny and Manny doesn't talk much. I don't
know what he's got on his mind right now. Manny's a bagful
of news and I just hope everything works out the way
everybody expects.... I always say that it's good to love
the game but it's not good to get in love with the team that
you play for because things happen... Boston is a great
place to be," Ortiz said, "but tomorrow you don't know where
you're going to be." - David Ortiz 2.23
Sun. Feb. 22
It's a stretch
to say "injured" but
Foulke (and Schilling) Tweak
Calves in Workouts Sunday
(Schilling ready to go with
his Hank Aaron 44 schirt today)
Last Episode of Sex and the City.
First Episode of Sox and the City.
(And parents really need to talk to their kids about Sox.
Much more dangerous than the other three letter word)
For Sons of Sam Horn and
Boston Dirt Dogs readers,
On Getting Through the New Yankee Lineup
First off I am not going to reply in detail,
since it's pretty obvious that some folks from
the media have decided on their own what to do
with the contents of stuff posted here. Even
though I asked to keep the text here (SoSH),
and on BDD, it seems that was a request they
were pissed at, or scoffed at.
Fact of the matter is you don't look at that
lineup from the viewpoint you all are taking.
The game, in its truest form, comes down to one
pitch, one hitter, one out at a time. That was
the approach I felt I had to use vs. them in
2001, and I see no difference now, for them or
quite a few other teams in this league. When you
look at a lineup like that, if you look at the
whole picture, meaning, "man I have to get those
9 guys out three times each to win?", you pretty
much have lost before you start. I started
working with a sports psychologist about 3 years
ago and one of the focal points of our
concentration work is the ability to narrow my
focus down to the pitch I am throwing, and only
that one and it's execution. Then the next one.
Funny thing is, if you watch the 2001 World
Series, after each of the first 6 innings you
will see me coming off the mound, looking at the
scoreboard, and saying "1 inning done" "2
innings done", I have the ability now to narrow
my focus, and concentration to that pitch, that
hitter, that out, that inning. I catch myself at
times looking at the scoreboard in the 7th, 8th
innings and not knowing where the hell the first
7 innings went, that's when I am right.
So ya, it's one hell of a lineup, but so is
ours, and it can be pitched to, and beaten. It's
just gonna take immense amounts of preparation
and concentration for me to do it. Heck it's why
I signed here. - for SoSH/BDD posting
Gets Schedule Nod as Sox Put Ace
on Calendar Cover
Schilling Wears Sarcasm on His Schirts
He is A-Fraud
"He (Alex Rodriguez) also spent
a considerable amount of time, in his conversations with the
Sox, telling them how much he hated the Yankees, the
industry source said. When Rodriguez first told Texas owner
Tom Hicks he would waive his no-trade clause for two teams,
the Yankees and Red Sox, he included the Yankees only to
give Hicks, and himself, some leverage in dealing with the
- 2.22 Globe, Edes
Saturday Night Live: "The Yankees gave
A-Rod something the Red Sox couldn't: a boyfriend. -
Jimmy Fallon, Weekend Update, 2.21.04
Queen: Soundtrack of the Red Sox Yankee Rivalry
Pedro and Manny in Camp on Monday
Open and SoSHut Case on Lucky
John Henry Sets Record Straight on Lucchino:
"Larry wasn't foisted on anyone."
"Larry Lucchino is a scumbag and
always has been. Everyone in baseball knows this. Get used
Bottom line: Selig wanted HIS
scumbag to run the Sox. O'Donnell had scruples about this
frame-up. Henry obviously did not. Now Henry, and us Sox
fans, have to live with this ugly reality. The ARod scenario
is not the only thing Lucchino has screwed up for us so far,
and there will be more of the same. Lucchino is part of the
"price" of Henry's getting this franchise and it's a very
steep one indeed.
I just hope that Lucky hasn't
lost us Nomar for good although I fear he has already."
- Pumpsie, on SoSH
"Tom owned the Padres. He sold
the Padres to John Moores and Larry Lucchino. He remained a
partner of theirs. Tom witnessed first hand over the years
what kind of CEO Larry was.
I also was aware of what kind of
CEO he was and I spent quite a bit of time with Larry when I
first became involved in ownership, because frankly I
thought he provided inspired leadership and ran a team as
well as anyone in baseball. He was then and is now a mentor
- someone I admire very much (as evidenced by extending his
contract out into the long-term).
Tom asked Larry to join their
partnership long before I became involved. Again, they had
owned the Padres together for several years. The absolute
truth is that the commissioner had nothing whatsoever to do
with Tom bringing in Larry. Eventually I called Larry and
sort invited myself in (to the surprise of the commissioner
- when I told the commissioner I had an interest in joining
forces with Tom and Larry he exclaimed "What?!" )
What does he bring to this team?
I would hesitate to answer for fear of leaving out
something. The organization he's built speaks for itself. I
get a lot of the credit, but my contributions are small in
One cannot exaggerate how
extraordinary the relationships are within upper management
of the Red Sox. Larry, Tom, Theo, Mike (Dee) and everyone
else involved love working together and feel privileged to
be in our positions. It may sound too hunky dory, but it's
how all organizations should function. Communication is
easy, frank and passionate (like SoSH!).
From my vantage point Larry
brings everything we could ask for in a CEO to this team.
- John W. Henry on SoSH
Marshall Derek Lowe marches to the beat of his own drummer during the 66th Annual Edison Festival of Light Parade
on Saturday night.
D-Lowe thinks he'll be marching out of
town in 2005.
Friday/Sat Feb. 20, 21
One, Two Punch
Rotation is a Knockout
Thurs. Feb. 19
PEDRO LATE SHOW
Petey to Report Late Due to
Son's Operation in Miami.
In Other News, Manny, and His Mother, are
Martinez "has a very legitimate
serious family issue that's going to be fine but does
require his attention,'' Boston general manager Theo Epstein
said Thursday. He declined to give further details, but the
situation is believed to involve the health of a family
"He's going to do everything he can to get down here, but
there's a chance that we might not see him till Monday
night,'' Epstein said, ``but we'll know more about that in
the next couple of days.''
- 2.19 AP Report
Motorcyclist Killed by Martinez'
As reported here Wednesday,
Pedro is distraught after his personal driver and relative killed a man
on a motorcycle in the Dominican last week (Pedro was in the
states when the accident happened).
WARNING: If anyone
overreacts with shouts of "Dominican Diva!," "Prima Donna
Petey!" or worse, your ISP will be banned from viewing this
site forever. Give the guy the benefit of the doubt will ya?
We always do :-) ...(plus, Schilling will kick our ass with
his martial arts moves down in Ft. Myers if we pick on Pedro
was on the Table for A-Rod
"It was interesting, the Yankee people
were telling me that, I don't know if you guys saw Tom Hicks' press
conference, but A-Rod's first... A-Rod asked if they could revisit
the Red Sox and that Hicks said after the nights and days of dealing
with them, he didn't even want to talk to them again. And it was
interesting because the Yankee people were telling me that indeed,
Scott Boras was trying to work the Red Sox angle, he was trying to
do the same kind of deal, get Manny out of the equation, get a guy
that makes $6-7 million and then work it down to the $16 million to
make it all palatable, they would have traded Nomar for pitching or
whatever and according to the Yankee front office, when Boras tried
to do that deal (A-Rod to Boston, but getting Manny out of the
equation, a week and a half ago), the player, because it's his
client, that was going to go to Texas in exchange for A-Rod, was
Jason Varitek, which, as they pointed out, they felt, the Yankee
players and front office feel that Jason Varitek is the absolute
soul of the Red Sox, but, and I found that interesting, I hadn't
heard that, but the Rangers, Buck Showalter loves Varitek, but Hicks
didn't want to deal with the Red Sox, according to him, and
according to the Yankees." - 2.19 Peter Gammons, ESPN, on WEEI's
"If we can make a deal with Nomar
that makes sense for both sides, and gosh knows we've tried, and
we're gonna try, it'll get done, and that hasn't changed one bit."
2.19 Theo with Dennis & Callahan WEEI
- On hearing A-Rod was going to New York: "I probably dropped a
four letter word or two, but then you fall back on your... it wasn't
totally unforeseen, they did a good job of keeping it quiet to their
credit, so we didn't see it coming that day, I first heard the
rumblings about it Friday night, as soon as Boone went down, it
became a real possibility. And then you just fall back on your
approach with regards to the rest of the AL East, and the Yankees in
particular, which we take, I just assume every year it's just going
to take 100 wins to win our division. Before Boone's injury, when we
were walking away from our deal in essence, it was the remotest of
possibilities, after Boone's injury, it became much more of a
possibility. I remember talking to my baseball operations staff and
we kinda just informally made of list of which guys they were going
to go after and A-Rod's at the top of the list. Chavez, Alfonso,
guys like that, but I didn't think it was a probability, I thought
it was a possibility.
No (on revisiting A-Rod at that point),
it was done. It was very clearly over, and we had stated publicly
that it was over, and it was indeed at the time.
On Nomar getting leverage now. How
did it affect relationship: Probably not much at all, you kinda
go back and look at my public statements, I think the whole
organization's public statements, throughout the whole thing. Our
first priority was to sign Nomar to a deal that makes sense for both
sides, it's always been the case, and we're not going to discuss
negotiations publicly, that's still the case. If we can make a deal
with Nomar that makes sense for both sides, and gosh knows we've
tried, and we're gonna try, it'll get done and that hasn't changed
On guys in their last year of contract,
will they all be back? Will there be signings opening day? We
actually have six guys if you throw in Ortiz and Williamson. I think
it's probably unrealistic to expect that each and every one of them
to be back, that's going to be very, very difficult if not
impossible to do based on our payroll limitations, but I don't know,
it's very hard to predict the future, it depends on the player's
expectations, the direction of the market, and our ability to reach
a deal. I do know this, our goal remains the same, our goal remains
take our resources, which are considerable, and do everything we can
to build a championship club and that's going to include some of
those guys, and it's not going to include some of those guys. But
the bottom line is for the guys that don't come back, we just move
on, and you have to go to the next generation of talent of Red Sox
Every negotiation is unique. The Trot
Nixon deal got done for a number of reasons. One, it got done
quietly. Two, Trot and his agent through their words, and then again
eventually through their actions, demonstrated a real desire to stay
here and not max out every last dollar. Market correction or not,
and that can turn around on a dime, Trot certainly could have maxed
out and played one more year to see of there was one team out of the
29 other teams out there that would pay him more than what we did,
but that wasn't the most important thing to him. The most important
thing to him was staying here, reaching a deal that made sense, like
Curt Schilling, reaching a deal that would allow us to go out and
build a competitive team around him, and go out and win, so that got
done in a hurry.
Lucchino to Trump: "You're
John Dennis: If this
were the baseball version of The Apprentice, who in the
organization would Donald
Larry Lucchino: I think
that's a silly question John with all due respect. The blame game
has gone on too long. I know the media loves to do that. The answer
to that is "no one," I suppose what I'd turn do is turn off the
television because I wouldn't want to watch
Donald Trump make that stupid hand gesture any longer.
2.19.04 Lucchino on WEEI's Dennis &
Callahan: I did not talk to Tom Hicks prior to the deal. We had
lunch about a month ago at the baseball meetings. I did talk to the
commissioner over the weekend to find out what the facts were.
Occasionally these things get overblown and reported inaccurately. I
called to find out what the actual facts were. It was a call to say
what were the details here. Is this thing going to happen. The $67
million transaction was unprecedented. Is it permitted? And what are
the standards going forward. Would I have liked the commissioner's
office to have found something inappropriate about this deal? Sure,
but it was not our position, and we didn't rant and rave and try to
throw our bodies over the tracks. This whole issue is being blown
way out of proportion, it's time to move on.
By our likes, the differential (on
getting A-Rod) was closer to $25-30 million. You can't make all
your plans with one eye on the Yankees. Certainly our most hated and
heated rival is the Yankees, but we have to deal with the other
teams within our division that have improved, and teams in the West.
It's a question of limits. Everyone
would like to have a beautiful home on the Cape right on the water,
but you have to live roughly within your means, but that's gotten
lost in the media frenzy. The blame game has gone on too long.
JD: If this were the baseball version of
The Apprentice, who in the Red Sox organization would Donald Trump
LL: I think that's a silly question John
with all due respect. The blame game has gone on too long. I know
the media loves to do that. The answer to that is "no one," I
suppose what I'd turn do is turn off the television because I
wouldn't want to watch Donald Trump make that stupid hand gesture
LL: I think that (Gene Orza/PA) was the
major impediment. We had a deal with Alex Rodriguez, we reached an
agreement with him at 3:00 in the morning. We had a conference call
to celebrate, but he went to the player's association and that's
when it got derailed. Will someone on this radio show start
recognizing the positive things happening with this baseball team.
Stop the self pity, and the blame game. The Yankees got a good
player, no question about it. Look at our left side of the infield.
We've got a future Hall of Famer and the reigning AL batting
Nomar is fine. He understands that these
things are part and parcel of the game.
People think one transaction determines
the outcome of the year.
The media sent John Henry dozens of
questions and phone calls, he was simply responding to issues put to
him. We try to be available.
Green Bay has a much easier time being
competitive in the NFL than Milwaukee does in baseball.
I did recognize that it was being
overblown (in December), but it was being overblown, but not in a
way that was adverse to us.
There's probably more criticism of us
because of the national perspective, because of the history here,
there's a little more emotional fuel here. I wouldn't change this
rivalry for anything. It adds some zest and spirit to life. There's
a kind of intensity and competitiveness that adds a spice to life.
(Listen to Lucchino's WEEInterview
with Dennis & Callahan
Ace is in Great Schape, and Gets Bonus Points for
Wearing Our All-Time Favorite, Phil Esposito #7 Bruins Jersey into
(But Dan Shaughnessy says Curt has a "domed belly")
"By the way, I am always amused
when a member of the media even thinks of commenting on the physical
makeup of an athlete, at least the ones who are in no way shape or
form athletic. That being said, I will tell you that what I possess
is not a true body, it's a cruel family joke I've had to put up with
for 37 years. I am built like my dad, all chest, no legs. Anyway,
based on my initial tests at API, compared to my exit tests, I am
stronger and more flexible at this point in my career than I ever
have been, no doubt in my mind about that and the results from the
tests proved that to them, and to me." -
Schilling - SoSH/BDD
off the record.
"I want to be caught up in it (Yankee rivalry). The way I've got it
figured, I'm starting that first game against the Yankees the way
the rotation falls. I've known about that for two months." -
2.18 CS, AP/media.
Wed. Feb. 18
Steingrabber Slams Henry
Selig Tells Henry Not to Respond
"He chose not to go the
extra distance for his fans in Boston"
"We understand John Henry must be
embarrassed, frustrated and disappointed by his failure in this
transaction. Unlike the Yankees, he chose not to go the extra
distance for his fans in Boston. It is understandable but wrong that
he would try to deflect the accountability for his mistakes onto
others and to a system for which he voted in favor. It is time to
get on with life and forget the sour grapes." - 2.18.04 Georgie
Pepsi Calls for Salary
Cap on Coca Cola
"To deal with a team that has gone so
insanely far beyond the resources of all the other teams. One thing
is certain the status quo will not be preserved. There must be a way
to cap what a team can spend without hurting player compensation ...
without taking away from the players what they have rightfully
earned in the past through negotiation and in creating tremendous
value. There is a simple mechanism that could right a system
woefully out of whack. Baseball doesn't have an answer for the
Yankees. Revenue sharing can only accomplish so much. At some point
it becomes confiscation. It has not and it will not solve what is a
very obvious problem." - 2.18.04 John Henry, Red Sox Owner
(Confiscation: To seize by or as if
From Giambi 'Roid Dealer
Affadavit Names Ego Empire All-Star
Multiple sources, including those deep inside the
Nomar camp, confirm that Larry Lucchino, who is taking a beating
nationally, is actually taking a bullet for John Henry, who botched
(But we're giving John a mulligan anyway)
NESN shows Schilling's "Internet"
post on A-Rod deal,
Tewksbury Tells Curt to "Be Quiet and Pitch"
2.17.04 NESN's Inside Out -
Bob Rodgers: I think he says it well (after reading
Curt's SoSH post)
Bob Tewksbury: You know
what? Be quiet. That's the job... people that write like
that, especially on the internet, are for fans. He's a
pitcher, and he's expected to go out and win, so I admire
his creativity, and certainly it's well written, but be
quiet, go out and pitch.
BR: I think though he
makes a good point, people (BT: What? That he wants
attention?) No but I'll tell you what, how great will it be
too if the Red Sox do overcome the Evil Empire and they beat
the Yankees, after the Yankees go through... the one thing
this shows me though, more than anything else, George
Steinbrenner cares more what happens up in Boston than he
cares what happens in New York.
BT: Well, that's true, he
certainly has brought attention here, but Curt, you know,
will all due respect to him, he's a tremendous pitcher, he's
gonna to help this team a lot, he's got to go out... you can
talk, all you want, but you gotta back up the talk. I hope
Tewks then Calls Manny Bad Teammate for Being
"Unaccountable" by Skipping Yankees Series Last Season.
For Sons of Sam Horn and
Boston Dirt Dogs readers please
another challenge, but after 85 years did any of
you think that getting over this final hurdle
and winning it all was gonna be a cake walk? No,
it'll be more fun this way. "
On A-Rod to the Yankees
Have to laugh at anyone that's even remotely
shocked by this. The unlimited payroll bitching
is rather old now too. It is what it is, and
we'll deal with it. Does it make them better,
well I don't know. Does adding a guy that, when
he retires, has a legitimate chance to be the
best all around player in the games history make
you better????? Hell yes it makes them better,
offensively, defensively it's not even close,
they get much better. Fact of the matter is the
ownership of this team chooses to build a team
based on in depth talent and character analysis,
as well as payroll impact. You can't bitch and
moan about the lack of effort on the Red Sox
end, they reached for the stars on this, and it
more than ok with that. You can argue this way
and that in regards to who's talked to whom, how
certain guys were handled and treated this
winter. But no one other than the parties
involved knows what's really happened and if you
look back, most, if not all, of the negative
comments directed at the Red Sox fall into this
area. They've worked their asses off to make
this team a world series contender, and we are,
period. A-Rod to the Yankees, if it happens,
just makes winning this whole thing that much
sweeter IMO, when it happens.
It's another challenge, but after 85 years did
any of you think that getting over this final
hurdle and winning it all was gonna be a cake
walk? No, it'll be more fun this way. This way,
when we do win it all, and you all are out there
flipping birds back and forth with Yankee fans,
you'll be smiling a whole lot wider.
It was gonna be a challenge before this rumor,
and with or without A-Rod the Yankees are going
to be real real good, so let's move on, let
whatever happens happen, and focus on the fact
that the best Boston Red Sox team in the last
100 years takes the field in 7 days, for a ride
that is guaranteed to be the most memorable of
any of our lives over the next 8 months, and
enjoy the hell out of it.
more on SoSH
Tues. Feb. 17
See you in Boston on April 16th Pretty Boy
Spanks A-Rod, Yanks
(and gets an earful from
Hench who will chime in here soon)
"My favorite phone call came from
my buddy Hench, who was attending a wedding back East. When
someone casually told him the news, poor Hench was done for
the rest of the reception. His legs buckling under him, he
stepped outside for fresh air, pacing in 30-degree weather
like a maniac, finally leaving a 90-second message on my
machine that featured 20 swears, three tirades and a climactic
10-letter expletive about Gene Orza. Happy Valentine's Day."
- Don't hand out the rings yet
Posted here Thurs. Jan.
1.29.04: "The Yankees, finding themselves without
a third baseman, somehow jigger their finances, make up some package
that is frankly beyond my imagination and trade for A-Rod, who would
be more than thrilled to rip the "C" off his mental uniform and
switch to third base next to his old pal Derek Jeter."
- NY Times, George Vecsey
"I should note that Cashman and A-Rod
were sitting next to each other. And, A-Rod talked about how much he
loved New York City. I honestly think that Boston, as a state would
commit suicide if he came to the Bronx." -
Boston fans: "Well they'll be able to see us and the Yankees
about 15 times a year. I'm so focused on the New York Yankees and
where we're going, it makes me smile... I think we're gonna be
received all the same (at Fenway), not very warm... I admire the
history, tradition, and passion that both cities have and I think
this adds to the tradition... I have not, no (spoken to anyone from
the Red Sox)."
Post conference interview:
"Boston was a factor and I almost felt like I had one foot in a Red
Sox uniform, but the Yankees made it happen."
A-Rod Arrives in NYC for
Commenting on Boston:
"John Henry and Theo Epstein are first class individuals."
Things that make you go
12.31.03: "Prior to agreeing
to the meeting, I naively assumed that either Nomar or Alex
might agree to play second base or third base," Henry wrote by
email in response to questions about the meeting by email. "I
later learned from Theo that it was not realistic to ask
either of these future Hall of Fame shortstops to change
- John Henry on negotiating A-Rod deal
"I'm not going to lie. The Sox
management dropped the ball on this one. If I was them, I'd
just keep my mouth shut and take the lashes. Nothing, and I
repeat, NOTHING can be said by any of them to try and make
anyone in the RSN feel any easier. They F'ed up, plain and
- MTSUD, redsoxnation.net
Steingrabber Plays the Ace Card
(And Makes Plans to
Steal Pedro in 2005)
Alex Asked Hicks to Revisit Red Sox
Situation. Hicks Said 'Not Interested.'
HICKS STICKS IT
TO SOX IN A-ROD PRESS CONFERENCE
"...we had no interest in talking to
Boston any more at that time, given what had happened during the 90
days in the fall... This was a deal unlike the Boston deal where
owners got involved. This was a classic, professional general
manager to general manager negotiation. I want to commend the New
York Yankees organization, Brian Cashman, Randy Levine for their
2.16.04: Ranger owner Tom Hicks on
the history of the A-Rod trade: "... He (A-Rod) said the only
two teams he would accept a trade to would be Boston or the New York
Yankees. We talked about other possibilities and he made it very
clear that day (in October) and future times, we had other
conversations that the only two teams he would leave the Texas
Rangers for would be the Boston Red Sox or the New York Yankees, and
that's a combination of reasons, Alex wants to win, he wants to win
now, he's going to be 29 this summer as he reminds me...
With that, on the Sunday after the
Yankees lost to the Florida Marlins and their $51 million payroll of
good young players (throws in the guy who outbid himself more than
that on the A-Rod contract), John and I flew to New York to meet
with Larry Lucchino the same day John talked to Brian Cashman of the
Yankees. We told both teams we're gonna talk to the two of them
about Alex if we could do it in a way that would give us financial
relief and good and young pitching. John was told by the Yankees
they had no interest in Alex. We entered into at the time,
negotiations with Boston that lasted until shortly before Christmas
that were highly publicized, highly public, and in the end, did not
result in an outcome that we felt would be sufficiently good for our
team that would make us better, I think the words we were using at
the time were 'better, faster,' ... and uh, so we decided not to do
Christmas holidays came, vacations came,
obviously issues had developed within our organization during that
time, so we sat down on January 25th when Alex was getting his MVP
award in New York, we had our five hour meeting, we got those issues
behind us, we tried to move forward as a team. At that time there
was a genuine belief of everyone involved that the reality was
independent of Alex wanting to win this year, he was going to be a
Texas Ranger for a long time...
Last Sunday, unbeknownst to me at the
time, John Hart had been trading Mike Lamb to the New York Yankees
and had a number of general manager to general manager conversations
in that process and when John told me about it on Sunday afternoon I
said not only 'no', but 'hell no,' I had no interest, we just went
through all of this internal situation, we were headed in the right
direction and that was my decision at the time.
On Monday, when Alex returned to
Florida, he was approached by his agent, and I found out later that
his agent suggested to him that there might be a window of
opportunity if he did want to go to the Yankees, to go to the
Yankees, as long as he's willing to change positions. That night,
the two of them called me together, Alex said 'Mr. Hicks, I know
we've been through all this together, I'm with you, but there is a
window of opportunity here for me to go to the Yankees, if you....
it would give your team more flexibility which I think you need, and
if you decide you want to do that, and make the right kind of deal
with the Yankees, I want you to know that I'll go to third base.' So
that evening I told John, I said, I told him what happened. I said
Alex has opened this window, um, there are two teams that we knew
that were the only two teams that could result in this outcome and
we had no interest in talking to Boston any more at that time, given
what had happened during the 90 days in the fall.
So John went through a series of
discussions. I personally didn't think it was going to materialize
because the money wasn't right, and I guess the Yankees starting
getting the money right late Wednesday night and Thursday. At that
point I took it very seriously, it was a very difficult decision for
me to make for all of the obvious reasons. Alex Rodriguez is a great
player. I called Grady and John separately and I said I want your
professional advice 'Can we win a championship faster doing this
deal, or not doing this deal?'... both of them said their opinion,
we could win a championship faster doing this deal. We made our
decision Saturday. This was a deal unlike the Boston deal where
owners got involved. This was a classic professional general manager
to general manager negotiation. I want to commend the New York
Yankees organization, Brian Cashman, Randy Levine for their
professionalism. This needed to be kept quiet if it was going to be
Mon. Feb 16
Sox Odds Slip as Vegas Reacts
to A-Rod Deal
2004 American League Pennant Odds - Odds to win
New York Yankees -120
Boston Red Sox +300
Anaheim Angels +350
Seattle Mariners +600
Oakland Athletics +650
Chicago White Sox +1000
Did Sox Make Weak End Pitch for A-Rod?
"Multiple baseball sources
said the Red Sox reached out to both the Texas Rangers and Rodriguez
Saturday. In these discussions, the Red Sox offered to take
Rodriguez and his bulky contract "as is" - a stunning reversal from
their previous position.
According to a source, a
mutual friend of both Rodriguez and the Red Sox approached the
All-Star on Boston's behalf. The acquaintance suggested that, unlike
in the failed December negotiations, the team might be willing to
take on Rodriguez's entire contract. In December, the Red Sox had
insisted that Rodriguez take a pay cut.
enthusiastically told the go-between, "tell [Red Sox president]
Larry Lucchino to **** off!"
- A Wild Pitch to A-Rod
Yanks from Daytona
"You know, George Steinbrenner is the center of evil
in the universe, there's no question about that."
"This is emblematic of the way
Steinbrenner does business which is just in a mercenary kind of...
just like runaway capital Pac Man gobbling up all the talent that he
can, that's why they're the Evil Empire. Look at the guys the
Yankees have right now, you got Giambi who came from Oakland,
Sheffield from Atlanta, Kenny Lofton, these are all... and now
they're gonna add A-Rod, it's just a... you know they got Vasquez
now, they got Mussina, who's really a guy from Baltimore you know,
and there's really one or two guys who came up in that organization,
it's mostly the French Foreign Legion... the Yankees are going to
have a $240 million infield NOT INCLUDING THE SECOND BASEMAN!! I
mean, it's insane! If they had A-Rod, Jeter, Giambi, Posada behind
the plate, Bernie Williams what, DH'ing, Matsui, I mean, Kenny
Lofton, and Gary Sheffield?!? That reads like an All-Star team.
...We got a great team and we'll be able to compete with them, and
if nothing else, I think God will have to be on our side." - Ben
Affleck on Pay-Rod Scam
J-Lo Press Conference on trade
within the hour...
Sat/Sun Feb 14/15 -
VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE
A Day in
the Life of Red Sox Fans
by PAUL PALIOTTA
I read the news today oh boy
About the lucky man who made the trade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his cash out on a star
He didn't notice that the times have changed
10 million people cursed and sneered
They'd seen his face before
No one was really sure
Wasn't he on the SOX before?
I saw a film today oh boy
The Evil Army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look
Some call the Boss a crook
He thinks the Yanks alre-----eeeeeaaa--ddyyy woooo--onnnnnn
Woke up, got out of bed
Heard the gas bag full of dread
Thought about the trade the Sox passed up
And looking back, the trade wasn't all so great
Found my coat and grabbed my red sox hat
the 0 4 dirt dogs, they still have the bats
They signed an all star ace who doesn't choke
and guy named Foulke, I think this is a dream
I read the news today oh boy
Some major holes in Georgie's pitching staff
And though the holes were always small
This year we get to count them all
So many holes they'll have to score ten runs a game to win the
Oh George you haven't wooooo----ooooonnnn!!!!
Gammo a Go-Go
Peter Continues to
Blame Lucchino's Pissing Off Orza for Failed Sox Deal
"Red Sox blew it when Lucchino personally
attacked Gene Orza, trying to drive a stake between A-Rod and
the Union, that made things more difficult... so they just got
cold feet and the Yankees don't worry about it."
PG on with WEEI's John Wallach:
...it's like Aaron Bleeping Boone now, right up there with
Bucky Bleeping Dent, not only does he hit the home run, but he
goes up there for the offensive rebound, tears up his knee and
Alex ends up replacing him.
I don't know. Obviously this makes
for a great team on paper. They scored 874 runs last year with
Jeter, Bernie Williams, and Giambi hurt most of the year. Now
they add Sheffield and A-Rod, I mean they could easily break
the record of 1,001 runs and I think they're pitching is a
little underrated, if you go into a series and you've got
Mussina and Kevin Brown healthy, and Vasquez with a team that
scores this many runs, last year they were so bad trying to
get to Mariano Rivera that Joe Torre spend five months trying
to go from starter to Rivera and wore down the starters, and
wore down Rivera and now with Quantrill and Gordon they have a
totally different bullpen. It's potentially a very good team,
but it's still not a very good defensive team (A), (B) There
are a lot of very strong personalities here, it will be
interesting to see how they meld, and if Joe Torre were left
to manage by himself, he might be the only manager in the game
that could deal with all this, but that said, if Steinbrenner
becomes obsessed with Torre again, and George not wanting Joe
to get the credit he's gotten, if they ever fire Joe, I think
there could be some chaos.
Hey I give Alex Rodriguez a lot of
credit, he was willing to throw $28 million out the window in
Texas, where there's no state income tax to go to Boston where
I think in Massachusetts we do have an income tax. And in this
case he's willing to go from probably the best shortstop in
the history of baseball to go play third base. He was
unquestionably the best defensive shortstop in the American
League last year, and if you like range factor, Jeter was...
last (heh). He was hurt obviously, that was a little unfair to
Derek... it will be interesting to see how those two egos meld
because there's a little bit of competition there.
The Red Sox would like to blame
the Players Association and of course they were wrong... and
part of the reason that Alex Rodriguez is in New York is Larry
Lucchino's infamous blast, personal attack on Gene Orza, and
the separation of Alex Rodriguez from the union. There was no
chance that the union was going to accept $28 million, they
had told Alex that they would negotiate it, but once it got
personal, they wouldn't negotiate it to $17 or $18 (million).
In the end, the Yankees are saving the Rangers $120 million,
the Red Sox it would have been an $80 million saving. It's
just a matter of the Red Sox were afraid to take on $4 million
a year difference over the contract, average Manny versus
A-Rod, and with the givebacks that were allowed, so they just
got cold feet and the Yankees don't worry about it, the
Yankees, I believe their payroll is going to be 48% higher
than the Red Sox. The Braves and Mets combined payrolls are
about $15-16 million less than the Yankees.
Yankees Press Conference
Rodriguez from Rangers
The Rod Squad
Yankees Trade for A-Rod in a New York Minute.
(After Sox Took 90 Days to Come Up Empty)
A Fate Worse than DEAD! for
Who Knew Todd Walker and Andy
Abad Would Have Done the Trick for Hicks?
Should Sox Have Sealed the
Deal for the Best Player of Our Time for a Few Million More?
After Taking on A-Wad, Yankees
Payroll Expected to Exceed One Billion Dollars.
Selig and Orza Smile and
All is Well with the Game (Guess Again)
In Other News, Harlem
Globetrotters Sign Michael Jordan
And Nomar's Price Just Went Cowboy Up
"I would like to sign with another
team and help dethrone the Yankees -- they've won too much
already," Rodriguez said Friday.
The Yankees have been rumored to
be interested in signing Rodriguez and moving him to third
base because they already have his buddy, Derek Jeter, at
Rodriguez isn't interested in that
"I like playing shortstop and I'm
young," the 25-year-old said. "I want to play it until I'm 35
and then I'll study the possibility of being moved."
- A-Rod to AP
in the Heart of Texas
"I feel a grand responsibility not only
to the Texas Rangers, but to our fans."
- Captain A-Rod
to Round Out Roster This Week
And Tom Hicks to send another letter to happy Texas season
Curse of the
Banged Boone Oh
Get Burned in Valentine's Day Love Triangle
Angry Sox Fans Lash Out
"We could have gotten a natural
leader, instead they were too cheap to spend the four million.
They just dropped the ball... they dropped the ball."
"People need to be accountable for
this mistake. This is the largest mistake this organization
has made. I do not understand how so many people could have
been asleep at the wheel. I'm absolutely flabbergasted right
now. We could have had both pitching and the offense. I'm so
disappointed after what happened in October."
I Read the NY News
Today, Oh Boy
"And they can look at Red Sox fans, who have endured so many
tortures through the years, Babe Ruth and Red Ruffing and
Sparky Lyle, who thought they had Bernie Williams, who really
thought they had Jose Contreras, who were so absolutely
certain they had Rodriguez two months ago. You keep thinking
it has to get better, that 86 years is enough penance.
It's never enough. God help the
furniture in Theo Epstein's apartment this morning.
All of this was summed up best by
one fan on the "Sons of Sam Horn" Web site, in a message
posted at 4:23 yesterday afternoon: "My head says this is a
bad deal for the MFYs [a favored term for Sox fans that does
not stand for "my favorite year"]. My heart says, ‘I think I
am going to throw up.' "
- Yankees Make Fantasy Come True
"The mood in Red Sox Nation was
dark. On the Web site "Sons of Sam Horn," a writer using the
interesting handle Butch Hobson's Elbow Chips wrote, "Just
think, the Sox can finish 30 games out now." The sad Saux fan
then predicted the projected records of the Yankees and Red
Sox. Yankees: 135-27. Sox, 105-57."
- NY Post, Kernan, print edition.
"Boston president Larry Lucchino
is relentless in his task of finding a way to beat the
Yankees. A-Rod was a brilliant maneuver that didn't pay off,
and yesterday Lucchino told me he was "distressed" over the
He may be distressed, but at least the Red Sox are back to
doing what they do best: being underdogs to the Yankees, even
though there's no doubt they're better than they were last
season. Now the Red Sox must sign Nomar Garciaparra to a
long-term contact. Nomar is in a walk year and will be at his
best, but he has slipped since that wrist injury a Another
problem for the Red Sox is Pedro Martinez' declining ability.
Pedro has won only four of his last 19 starts against the
Yankees, including blowing a three-run lead in the eighth
inning of Game 7 of the ALCS. You can't blame Grady Little for
- The Pennant Stays Here
"It's hard to say who feels more
foolish today: Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, who
unsuccessfully tried to drag money out of both Rodriguez and
Texas for weeks, or Mets owner Fred Wilpon. The early money is
on Lucchino, who in the words of one Rodriguez confidant "got
Lucchino tried the ultimate
squeeze play, an unsightly grab at A-Rod's wallet, and he
comes out looking penny-wise, a ridiculous approach for a team
with a mammoth bankroll and 85-year streak of going home
Lucchino sounded as if he were
about to faint on ESPN-1050 radio as Tom Keegan read him
Newsday.com's report of the agreement at a little past 3 p.m."
- George Makes Fools of Mets, Red Sox
"The rich get richer. The Yankees
don't care how much anything costs. They don't care that their
luxury tax and revenue-sharing costs were more than the
Marlins paid for a world championship team. Again: There has
never been another economic culture in the history of
professional sports where one team can outspend everybody the
way the Yankees do and nobody can stop them."
- Yanks add to payroll and Boston woes
"Now, however, in what becomes
Lucchino's worst nightmare, it is the Yankees who wind up
getting A-Rod and winning another offseason player derby. Last
winter, when the Yankees outbid the Red Sox for Cuban free
agent pitcher Jose Contreras, Lucchino bitterly described the
Yankees as the "Evil Empire."
Now, Lucchino said of the trade:
"It certainly makes the Yankees more formidable and it makes
us even more of a hungry underdog, which is a position we like
to be in."
- A-Rod's on his way to Yanks
"What makes this news so
deliciously depressing to Boston fans is that, if Red Sox
executives had the same determination to win as their Yankee
counterparts, we wouldn’t be talking about this deal. A-Rod
wouldn’t be available, because he’d be a member of the Sox,
ready to lead Boston to the World Series.
The deal was done, and all that
Boston had to do was swallow hard, open its wallet, and pay
Rodriguez his salary. But at that crucial moment, Boston
management came down with a case of testicular atrophy.
With dominance of the American
League and the world championship the team has been chasing
since 1918 on the line, Boston owner John Henry decided A-Rod
would cost too much.
- New York always does what it must to win — unlike Boston
Quotes of Note:
“(I'm) a little frustrated, we had a chance to get him for
months. I don't know George Steinbrenner very well, but I
know one thing about him, if he wants something, he goes and
gets it. he was probably very aggressive. He knew what he
wanted. It's still almost a shock to see him in pinstripes.
We had every opportunity to get him -- a number of times --
but we didn't. And it's even more upsetting to know that he
was willing to switch positions and we could have kept Nomar
too. Everything that I heard, I thought it was going to get
done. I thought he was going to play for the Red Sox. All
sides seemed to want that to happen. But I guess it wasn't
meant to be.
"I'll tell you what, this rivalry is at an all-time high,"
he said. "I don't hate the Yankees. And they don't hate us.
But when we step on the field against them, the passion we
have to beat them is unlike anything else you can
experience. Now it's bumped up another notch. But I'm sure
they have the same respect for us and some of the changes we
made. This rivalry is at an all-time high.”
- Derek Lowe
“The Red Sox gave up on A-Rod over $12 million which is
preposterous.”- Ken Davidoff, broke story on NY Newsday
"...It says a lot of things, but it doesn't say who's going
to be playing baseball in October."
- Larry Lucchino
“I was just as surprised as Yankees fans, and Red Sox fans,
when I picked up the paper today.” - President Bush
“I've always said good pitching beats good offense, if New
York ends up getting him, they've added some power to their
lineup. I'm very surprised. I didn't think New York was
interested in getting him. We've still got Nomar, Manny in
left. I still like our chances.”
- Tim Wakefield
“He’s never had to lead. You go to New York, you wanna stop
Bernie (Williams) and (Paul) O’Neill. You never say, ‘Don’t
let Derek beat us.’ He’s never your concern.” - Alex
Rodriguez on Derek Jeter in an old Esquire magazine article
Throw the Book at Him
Nothing's Saving Bonds as Steroid Investigation Shows Some
Steve Kurth Illustration
Sox, Tito Ready to Go
"I've had my bags packed for five weeks... I'll think about what
I'm going to say once I get down there. Once you get down there the
enthusiasm level goes way up, you've got people here counting down
the days to pitchers and catchers, you don't get that when hockey
season starts... we're going to play the game the right way" - Tito
Enthusiastic Fenway Francona will get to Fort Myers early to think
about what he's going to say to the team. No special treatment for
Manny "I'm not concerned with that." All players are created equal.
More from Tito on The Fan
Umm Derek, the Whiney Awards Were Given Out Last
Theo, After Vacation, Please Call Derek. Derek, After
You Read This, Please Fire Scott Boras. Problems Solved.
"I haven't talked to them. I think they know I still exist, but I
haven't heard a word from them all offseason. They talked to Nomar
[Garciaparra]. They talked to Pedro [Martinez]. They got Trot
[Nixon] signed. They've never said a word to me. Not one
conversation. I think they know I work out, that's about it. But
you're in a situation, I'm not going to beg. You're not going to
have the people who represent you call and say, 'What about Derek?'
They either want me or they don't. Unfortunately, it's that simple.
I understand there are decisions to be made. Maybe they've made 'em,
maybe they haven't. As for where I stand, I have no idea."
- Lowe Waiting for Sign - Gordon Edes, 2.13.04
And Pierce gives up on the season. Celtics right back at a Len
Bias, Sydney Wicks, Reggie Lewis tragedy, wrong ping-pong
ball, Rock Bottom State.
The Mouth that Roared
Gets Taped Shut
Millar, Walker Together Again on The Best Damn
"It's a tough mentality (in Boston), they're educated fans,
but they want you to play hard. I think it's more of a blue
collar city, you know you get out there, you run each ground
ball out, they don't like anybody dogging out there, but they
have the mentality to kind of wait for something bad to
happen, but I think last year's team, with the additions of
the guys that Theo brought in, you know Billy Mueller, and
David Ortiz, Walker, and the post-season he had was
phenomenal, but that's the kind of mentality they're getting
back to, you know, and you try to feed that and say hey, we're
not the old team, this is the 2003 Sox" - Kevin Millar,
Best Darn Sports Show, 2.8.04 (hopefully it's the 2004 Sox
this time around)
Lucchino Knows What Went Down with A-Rod And What's Up with
"Now we can sit here in February
and say do we think the market's going to go up? Do we think
the market's going to go down? Well Nomar and his agent and
other players as well can also predict, but they'll be an
opportunity in September and October to say 'here's where it
is' here's what's happened for the last six months, so you may
have even a better opportunity at the end of the year to sign
2.8.04 Lobel talks to Larry on
CBS-4 Sports Final
Lucchino: "We can't control
everything (A-Rod episode), what it shows is that we're not
afraid to take some bold steps even if we're unsure if we're
going to be successful. I think our fans want the stewards of
the Red Sox as aggressive people, as bold people who are
willing to do whatever it takes to try to make it happen. Was
it worth the gamble? Yes, the aggressive nature of our
baseball organization is something we should be proud of.
Lobel: Was it a misstep, was it
a mistake, was it too public?
LL: When you're dealing with
players of that statue... my old mentor Edgar Bennet Williams
had a line that I quote often: "There are no secrets in
baseball, only head starts" So we had a little bit of a head
start to keep it private, but there are so many moving parts,
so many issues involving the Players Association, there was no
way given the participants that this thing was going to stay
private... I think the impact that some people cite regarding
Nomar and others is undeniable, there had to have been some
abrasion there, but Nomar's a real professional, he knows how
much he's respected in Boston that I don't think they'll be
Lobel: Now you have a player
like Manny Ramirez who probably doesn't care what happens,
then you have a guy like Nomar, who is probably over
sensitive, and now you don't worry about the under sensitive
guy, but the over sensitive guy is your problem.
LL: Well he is someone whose
feelings and sensibilities we should be concerned. He's a
professional, he's intense, he's going to perform at
absolutely the highest level he possibly can and he's got
extra motivation to do so perhaps to prove something to the
world, and I think he understands baseball. I think he's a
bright guy who understands that trades and possible
transactions are part and parcel of the experience.
Lobel: I guess the worst case
scenario is that you get him in his contract year and you lose
him for draft picks
LL: Boston Red Sox fans have had
some recent experience with players that have walked and with
very little coming back in return. I'm not someone who
believes that unless you sign a guy in advance of that walk
year you won't sign him at all. I believe that during the
course of my time in baseball that we have signed people as
they're about to go into free agency in October and November
and kept them. I don't think that a player's possible
eligibility for free agency means that he's leaving and you're
only getting draft picks in return. It would be desirable to
have it worked out before you get to that stage but there are
two windows: one is before spring training, and one the other
is right at the end of the season.
Lobel: Tell me about the first
window, how realistic is that?
I think there's some uh
constructive uh dialogue so we're not going to talk publicly
about negotiating with any of the several potential free
agents. We have Pedro obviously on his last year, and Derek
Lowe, and Varitek, and of course Nomar, and you can Williamson
and Ortiz to that list too, players that would be eligible...
I think Nomar deserves a certain kind of priority in the
hierarchy no question about it, so we're not going to report
on chapter and verse as we go along. We're going to talk to
him, talk to his agent, and handle it in ordinary course of
Lobel: If it becomes obvious to
you that you're not going to sign him, it's August, you're at
an impass... what do you do?
LL: Well it depends a lot on the
circumstances on the season, the kind of year we're having. Is
it August and are we two games ahead, or two games behind, are
we 12 ahead or 12 behind, so it's impossible to answer that
question in the abstract, so I would remind you of that second
window that we talked about particularly when you're dealing
with players who are unsure about what the market will be. Now
we can sit here in February and say do we think the market's
going to go up? Do we think the market's going to go down?
Well Nomar and his agent and other players as well can also
predict, but they'll be an opportunity in September and
October to say 'here's where it is' here's what's happened for
the last six months, so you may have even a better opportunity
at the end of the year to sign him.
Lobel: There's a quote from
Brian Cashman which will not let this A-Rod thing go, he says
that industry sources say at some point this A-Rod thing will
be revisited, it may not be until next winter, but at some
point it will be revisited.
LL: Well I suppose anything's
possible, it's interesting that Cashman knows something that
we don't know but that may be his supposition or suspicion,
but listen I've been the one saying for quite a while saying
that this thing wasn't going to happen when it went through
the Players Association's station (BL: You were pretty
upset about that). Well I was disappointed, you we had
something...(BL: But you've done battle with this guy
before) with the Players Association before we have and we
will again. But I know they have a job to do but I said at
that point that it was really over and no one seemed to
believe me (BL: Well no one wanted it to be over, that's
the difference between wanting it to be over) heh heh I
understand all that but the fact is that I'm saying now that
chapter is closed now. Could it revive itself I suppose
anything is possible, but there's absolutely nothing afoot, no
discussion going on, there's nothing to suggest that there's
any rational basis for that rumour.
BL: One final question, as an
ownership now going into its third season, the four of you
have been pretty united in everything. The A-Rod thing seemed
to divide, there seemed to be some cracks in that (LL: Hmmm),
now tell me if I'm wrong, there seemed to be some division and
I wonder if there was, how much of a concern is it?
LL: No I don't think there was,
there was this notion, there was this false story that somehow
I was at the point at one, on the negotiations, and that Tom
my role or whatever, that was a tactical judgment we made
ourselves after having 10 or 12 conversations with Tom Hicks,
I suggested it to Tom (Werner) 'hey Tom, you're a fresh face,
a fresh voice, you haven't dealt with him, why don't you try
and see if you can crack this issue of cash to the Texas
Rangers, so I think there were some roles that we assumed
during it, but one of the things that I think is a positive
thing for the baseball fans of New England is that John Henry,
Tom Werner, myself, Theo Epstein on the baseball side, the
various people we have in this organization are all pointed in
the same direction and aren't going to be outworked by anyone
or be timid as we run the franchise and I think there's a
harmony, a common point of view that suggests that real
progress can be made.
Feb. 11 - Plenty of good
Fenway seats available through $calpers and broker$.
Start Up the Truck
Baker has more than a dozen reasons to show up tonight,
thirty million reasons to be exact.
Best in Showoff
Big Josh Brings it Home
The Big Dog did not disappoint his fans
and blew away the field in last night's final showdown at
Westminster. Confident, and somewhat cocky, Josh got vocal with the
raucous crowd minutes before the final decision was official,
announcing (translated): "This is a 100% DONE DEAL, give me my
The Big O Celebrates with his
Dominican Republic teammates and holds the champions trophy
along with Emigdio Garrido, center left, president of
Dominican Tigres del Licey baseball team, and fan Hector Lugo,
right, after winning the Caribbean Baseball Series at the
Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo beating Puerto Rico, 4-3
Crowd Goes Wild for
the Big Dog, Barking Newfoundland Takes Early Lead at the
And Judge who picked Josh in the working
group last year is the
best in show judge this time.
''People are drawn to him because
he's a real dog. He's got a heart as big as he is.''
- co-owner Peggy Helming
Terrier Has Right Stuff
Late challenge expected from nation's
No. 1 show dog,
the perky Norfolk terrier named Coco.
''It's insane, it's chaotic backstage.''
- Delta Burke
Fandemonium in the Hub
"We have finished second six years
in a row. We haven't won a championship in 86 years. Given
that we have undoubtedly the most ardent fans in baseball,
this is our mandate. We can leave no stone unturned. It's a
real-life Arthurian quest. It's an epic saga that plays out
over every single day, 365 days a year, in Boston."
- John Henry
Sox picturing the parade)
diehard group of people (in Philadelphia). They're every bit
as mean and vulgar as Boston fans, which is what makes them
your fans. And that's how you want your fans to be. You don't
want people to come in and relax and have fun in your stadium.
You want them to come in and get their butts kicked and then
hurry and get out. They hated the opposition and they loved me
as a Phillie. That city was like family. They treated me
awesome. That's still the city in which I sign fewer
autographs than anywhere else. They don't ask me for an
autograph, they ask me how [wife] Shonda is doing, how the
kids are doing. They know me there."- Curt Schilling -
(Schilling swayed by ballpark figures)
"For one brief
moment, it was the Patriots' day," said Regan while sipping a
beer at The Fours sports bar near North Station the evening
after the parade. "But you know what? Now we're back to the
Red Sox. Today was crazy. Today was great. But it wasn't the
Sox." ..."What I think it comes down to is that nobody's
grandfather went to their grave cursing the Patriots," said
Michael Rutstein, publisher of Boston Baseball magazine. "The
Patriots just don't go that deep into New England's psyche.
..."It's funny. The Patriots won, and everything is great. But
when the Red Sox lose, it just doesn't go away, does it?" -
(Sox fans not content with Patriotism)
"Agents are the ONLY
people in baseball that take from the game, and give nothing
Understand one thing, the player ALWAYS,
ALWAYS, has 100% say in every single matter regarding ANY
issues the agent is HIRED to oversee. If not, the player can
fire the agent at any point in time. Agents work for players.
The unfortunate fact is that some agents have made this appear
exactly the opposite. As the player in this relationship, I'm
the employer, period. My agent says what I want him to say, to
whom I want him to say it. He represents ME, at every turn,
and in every conversation when talking with anyone about my
career. It would be naive to think that we all understand
this, because we don't. I certainly didn't early in my career.
I looked at these guys with some reverence, these college grad
three piece suit wearing lawyers. It's a bit intimidating,
especially when they start talking about the major leagues as
if they'd spent their whole lives in and around the game. The
hard charging ones keep this approach I think, it allows them
a lot more leeway on their end, to do their thing during
negotiations. I realized very early on that every time my
agent(s) opened their mouths in public the fans, the people
reading the sports pages, took that quote as if I'd said it,
that the agents really did speak on my behalf, regardless of
how stupid their comments may have been.
There is no question that as a young player you
definitely must have an agent, clubs will take advantage of
players that don't have representation at this stage of their
careers, especially now with so many foreign players playing
in the major leagues. The language barrier is a pretty
daunting thing in most cases. But I think at some point there
becomes zero need to have an agent represent you. At some
point you know the market, if you have an ounce of integrity,
pride, you know your place in that market, you know your worth
within the sport. The next decision to be made is whether or
not you want to get every penny of that worth, or whether
settling for "less" is still ok. I retain a lawyer now, who
handles the fine print of contract language for me, and I have
someone outside handling all the PR things that need to be
taken care of. It used to be that agents were one stop
shopping for these services but I have found that to be less
and less that case these days. My agents used to handle all of
my off the field stuff, as well as the normal day to day
things like handling finances. As an agencies client list
grows, their desire to handle these items diminishes.
So in short, I think players need agents early
in their career, but I honestly think that most players could
do fine for themselves, and the game by representing
That being said, there are some players that
just don't want to handle the agent side of things, the
contracts, the hassle and stuff. That's what agents are for
IMO, they gladly pay their 5-10% off the top to have someone
else do it. I can't, I can't justify paying someone that kind
of money to do something I could easily do myself, with a lot
less headache. It's the main reason I have done my last two
contract extensions and was heavily involved in my first
contract extension, it's my life, my families future, no one
on this planet is going to look out for my family and I with
as much concern and I would, or do.
My feeling is that with someone like Boras, the
ground rules are laid out as the agent has his reputation to
get top dollar that he needs to protect. IF that's what a
player is after, top dollar, then that's your guy I guess. I
have never liked Scott Boras, nor anything he's done. He
represents a lot of players I respect and love to watch play,
but I don't think he does the game any service in any way.
Anyone think JD Drew was better off sitting out for a full
year of professional baseball? I'm not sure what JD thinks but
I wonder if he'd do it differently given another chance, how
about Tek? I'm curious to know how he feels about the whole
situation he went through during the draft situation. ...Read
more on SoSH
DOG HAS HIS DAY
Trot Gets Phat Contract, Staying
in Boston was "Top Priority"
Nixon Stays in Office Through
"Trot and his agent, Ron Shapiro,
demonstrated aggressively right from the outset through their
words and eventually through their actions that staying in
Boston was their absolute priority," Epstein said. "And so we
entered a negotiation with them based on their desire to stay
here. In the end, they deserve all the credit because they
didn't try to max out dollars and didn't try to max out years.
They took a realistic approach at a contract that made sense
for the player and made sense for the club."
- Nixon ready for campaign
Feb. 6 Ecklusive:
No More Tears, But Dennis
Interviewed for Bobby Valentine's vacant slot on ESPN's Baseball
You Can Go Home
Old Man Burks is Back in the House He Grew Up in
Nomar's Ready to Give Free
Agency a Test Drive
(But he just sold this ride
1959 Corvette convertible was a custom build for Nomar who planned
to give it to Mia on their wedding day. Nomar had the 'Vette custom
built to his specifications. A car that they could drive up the
coast, with a modern stereo playing and the wind blowing through
their hair. All new parts for dependability as a daily driver. The
reason for a '59 is that Nomar's jersey number is 5, and Mia's is 9.
A match made in heaven. After receiving the car the two were just
too nervous to drive it. They signed it and after much deliberation
decided they wanted it to be with an owner that would show it off
and appreciate the classic. Does this mean the A-Rod trade is
Thurs. Feb 5
Ellis the In Man
The "Bad Back" is Baaaaack!
Done Deal. Press Conference at
Theo Makes Up for Lou Gorman's Mistake.
Wed. Feb 4
says he's in the best shape of his life"
Edes reports Schilling really
Tues. Feb. 3
When compared to the Red Sox
World Series Championship Celebration.
(sorry Gerry Callahan... still
a Red Sox town)
Did someone have to die -- to DIE -- so
that Pats fans could rage? Reason enough to root against the
Red Sox winning the World Series.
DQ'd KO's Boston
"Dan Shanoff's comments (on espn.com's
Daily Quickie) are usually fit for a bird cage (at best) but I think
we may have seen an all time low. In an age of constant controversy
involving athletes and rape, drug abuse, and every manner of
corruption under the sun, manufacturing a problem with Tom Brady is
patently absurd. However, to then use the death of a college student
by a drunk driver to bash the Pats, Boston, and the Red Sox (??!) is
simply pathological: "Did someone have to die -- to DIE -- so that
Pats fans could rage? Reason enough to root against the Red Sox
winning the World Series." This goes beyond -just- being tasteless.
You should be ashamed of yourself, Shanoff, and so should ESPN."
- Travis S. Delaney - University of Vermont
Kevin Youkilis Feels at Home at
Kevin learns to deal with the media and the fans of Boston at the
Red Sox Rookie Career Development Program.
Ortizzle Still Sizzles
And His Signing's Official
David Ortiz of the Dominican Tigres de Licey team celebrates after
scoring in the fourth inning against Mexico's Tomateros de Sinaloa
the first game of the Caribbean Series in Santo Domingo Sunday.
But don't shoot the messenger, it's an
Xbox picture from the upcoming MVP Baseball 2004
(although his power numbers look pretty good for
"The word in the industry is that, at some point, they'll revisit
(A-Rod/Manny trade). Most likely, next winter, but who knows?"
- Brian Cashman, New York Yankees General Manager
Outfielder Johnny Damon and hitting
coach Ron Jackson joined our friends from the Sons of Sam Horn in
making a check presentation for $23,600 to the Jimmy Fund at the
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute today.
Congratulations SoSH and thanks to
all Sox fans who donated on their behalf online during their holiday
Mon. Feb. 2
Boston signed 3B coach Dale Sveum last weekend
Patriots Day Parade
Pats to Follow Red Sox Wild Card
Parade Route to City Hall Today.
Patriots are Willing and Vrabel
Super Bowl Champs Kick the Cats 32-29
New England Avoids Catastrophe,
Tom Was Terrific in the End.
No Adam and Grieve.
"None of this would be possible without the fans
back in Boston"
- Super Bowl XXXVIII MVP Tom Brady
Queen of Pop Top
Talent-less half-time show
goes for cheap thrills.
Let's Talk Baseball,
On Player's Salaries:
Should it Matter?
I don't think it should matter, but it always has and always
will. Salaries are a tremendous weapon for fans to berate,
belittle, bemoan certain players. Most arguments on players
tend to center on a players "worth" in accordance with his
Fact of the matter is the only person that can take umbrage
with a players salary is the guy writing checks to pay that
salary. If the player is worth it to that guy, then in the end
that's all that really matters I think.
People were waiting in line to hammer A-Rod, the 252 million
dollar kid. What's he really worth? Other than Mr Hicks his
worth is determined by you in whether or not he's worth paying
the price of admission to see him play, which IMO he is.
The world at large has gravitated to the notion that what you
make determines how good you are at something and I think a
key thing is missed in all this. One person, or a small group
of people in some instances, makes that decision in the end.
The difference here, in Boston, is that fans do use and talk
about salaries, as in the few other real intelligent baseball
communities, as they pertain to the organization, instead of
the player. Fans understand that signing Joe Smith for X has a
direct impact on one or more players present, and future
status on this team, and that that decision can directly
effect the competitiveness of the team in future years. Look
back on the circumstances surrounding me coming here, so much
info was thrown out there regarding how my potential incoming
salary would affect Pedro's future, D-Lowe's, and the players
coming up for free agency after next season.
The threads here were stating that Pedro was certainly gone
next year, D-Lowe maybe even this year. Once everyone heard
about my deferred compensation they then rerouted the
argument, thinking that deferred money is not actually paid
until the deferred year, and that money would now be free to
spend on Keith.
Arguing salary is a lose lose for players. Am I worth it? Well
in the confines of my workplace it depends on who you ask. Is
it right/fair that I make 15 lifetimes worth of teachers,
policeman's, fireman's salaries in one year? I can't answer
that, though I do know they all deserve to be making a lot
more than they currently are IMO. ...Read
more on SoSH
One Year at a Time
Like Trot, David Settles for One Year Deal with Sox
Sunday, February 1, 2004
Pats Skin Cats
Copy Cats: Panthers to be introduced as team today.