Our favorite whipping boy returns. In today’s column, in reference to the current Pedro saga, Murray Chass drops a whopper. Try to gut your way through this one (bold type my emphasis):
A year ago, the Red Sox did what they felt made sense for the club. When the Red Sox were trying to obtain Alex Rodriguez from
It’s open to debate which team benefited from the Red Sox’ resistance to paying more money than they wanted that time.
Is he serious?! Now, if Murray wants to get into a long discussion of the long-term benefits of having someone like A-Rod on the team, because of marketing, tv ratings, other issues, then that’s one thing. But to make a claim like this right after the Sox win the World Series and right after they embarrass the Yankees (and Slappy himself in a famous incident not worth rehashing) in the biggest choke in baseball history is beyond belief. If there’s one issue which is, at this early point in the life of the deal, inarguable, it is that the Red Sox most clearly benefitted more than they ever could have imagined when they decided not to accept the terms of the Player’s Union. Their decision at that time not to attain A-Rod led, quite fortuitously, and not necessarily by design, to the departure of Garciaparra, to the acquisition of Cabrera, and to the World Championship. I ask, for about the seventh time, PLEASE, will someone unplug Murray’s laptop?