The Boston Globe jumps the gun and releases its Baseball Preview a day early. Peter Gammons was on ESPN Radio this morning making his predictions. We are officially in that golden time where all things are possible and nothing is sure. Soak it up. This is one of the best weekends of the year.
Gordon Edes, Bob Ryan and Amalie Benjamin all pick the Sox to win the division and the World Series. Shaughnessy somehow picks the Blue Jays to win the East, with the Sox as the wild card and the Tigers as the champs.Gammons split the difference, picking the Sox to win the East and the Tigers to win it all.
ESPN, meanwhile, publishes its All-AL team. A-Rod and Cano are the Yanks’ reps. David Ortiz and a new Sox acquisition we’ve apparently missed here at YFSF, "Manny Rodriguez," are the Sox’ entrants. A-Rod and Santana are predicted to win the big awards (booooring). They also inexplicably predict Alex Gordon to win the AL ROY. Why? Matsuzaka won’t be "as spectacular as Gordon" and would need 16-18 wins and low-3 ERA "to get everyone to get past his not-really-a-rookie status."
Let the arguments begin!