Warning: Angry Post
As you know, it's game on, game off with Tejada. Right now, I guess we are in "game on" mode.
Since Johnny has left us, I no longer support a deal that involves Manny being traded. If these people think they can somehow balance the scales in terms of RBIs and homers with Manny out of the picture, they are dreaming. And as fans, we would be dreaming, too, if we thought this possible. If Theo were still our GM, I wouldn't be as quick to poo-poo the notion, but no one on board now is as creative and persuasive as Theo. I am already preparing myself for a mediocre year (mind you, I didn't say "suck town year" or "shitty season" - more like "so-so"). And while I'm excited about some of the new players, as of right now, I'm not feelin' a lot of consistent W's are in store. Hope I'm wrong.
In Milwood news (from boston.com):
... However, the Sox' unwillingness to guarantee the fourth year, or offer Millwood a no-trade clause, appears to have cost them, as the Texas Rangers, the Sox' only known competitor for Millwood, reached a preliminary agreement with the righthander for four years plus an option year, pending a physical ...
Here's a question: Why even bother to tangle yourself up in a negotiation? Were they trying to make it look good for the fans? Here's what I think of the current front office situation:
Trust me, this stubbornness is going to cost them. You know, it's one thing to sit back in your leather office chair and point your finger at the offer and say "Nope, we're not gonna budge beyond what we've got written here. The dude simply isn't worth it." But, it's quite another to have this "we're not budging" mentality when your roster looks like swiss cheese. NEWS FLASH: No one is worth what they are getting paid. Okay, there are a couple of exceptions here and there, but overall, the best talent in the majors comes with an inflated price tag and a pushy agent. It stinks, but it's also the reality. And why Red Sox brass is acting like they've got a budget comparable to the Rockies or the Brewers is beyond me. I'm not saying that we ought to be reckless and irresponsible, but maybe a little more flexible.
We all know that tickets to the games at Fenway are way overpriced - as are many of the items at the concessions. How much would the franchise benefit if we all stood back as fans and said, "I like you, Red Sox, but I don't see how I'm getting my money's worth"? I'm sure that Larry and co. would respect us for having integrity and principles. They would be psyched that their fan base was able to reason that out.
On another angry note: It's been a week and my stomach still turns every time I see a picture of Johnny Damon in that ridiculous costume. I'm serious - I feel ill at the sight of it.