What Happens Now?

Owing to what I think is a wholly inaccurate representation of RSN in a comment in an earlier thread, I thought I would link to this article by Jackie MacMullan, in today’s Boston Globe.  It’s a fine piece, discussing the perils of free agency post-championship, something which is of major importance to us Red Sox fans.  The Sox, with a roster in flux, have some hard decisions to make.  The fans, on the other hand, have emotional decisions to make, and MacMullan looks at the current situation with a great deal of sensitivity.

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  • Nice article, good example of what I was talking about. Nomar Garciaparra went from Sox hero (Sox fans: “Jeter couldn’t carry Nomah’s jock”) to Sox goat and cause of all their failures (Sox fans: “Thank God we got rid of him, he’s a losah”). Your linked article even states the following regarding Pokey Reese “when he filled in for Nomar what’s-his-name”. Great for years Sox fans lauded him as a hero, then the team tries to dump him over the winter for A-Rod (or as he’s referred to on the Horny Sons of Sam board “A-Fraud”), and then when he’s totally unmotivated and unhappy on the team he gets traded. Now he’s Nomah the Losah. Nomah “what’s-his-name”. Yeah, can you feel the love and loyalty? Can you feel it? Huh, can you? Kind of feels like being Nomar is “Andy Dufresne, Inmate 37927”, bostondirtdogs.com is “Bogs Diamond”, and RSN is “The Sisters”. Poor Andy, I mean Nomar, how will he come out smelling in the end?

    Joe (YF) November 18, 2004, 4:18 pm
  • Joe, the “Nomar what’s-his-name” line is clearly something of a joke. The issue of “loyalty” is so much more complex than just sticking by a player and re-signing him to an albatross of a contract because he’s got history. In the world of Major League Baseball, there are so many more factors that go into whether a player can return to the team he grew up playing for, and fans are now smarter to that. That doesn’t make them disloyal, it makes them pragmatists. That may not be very romantic, but it’s a realist’s attitude, and I think a smart one. I love Tek, and I came to really like Cabrera. But I want the Sox to compete long-term, and I am not sure they are wrong in thinking that signing guys to 5 year deals worth 50M with no-trade clauses isn’t the best way to build an organization geared to long-term success. Just look at Giambi’s contract and what the A’s did with Hatteberg, or Kevin Brown’s and how it hamstrung the Dodgers, or Damian Easley’s and the Tigers, or Rusty Greer’s with the Rangers for examples of these bad contracts and what they can do to restrict an organization’s ability to grow and metamorphose.

    SF November 18, 2004, 5:17 pm
  • SF I think that the RSN are ungrateful boobs. The name calling of Nomah is just wrong and ungrateful. I think Joe has it right. For the most part the Yankees have welcomed back players who contributed to the team over the years with a lot of loyalty and warmth. Tino is a perfect example. He was actually cheered coming back in another uniform. Class acts. But then again maybe Nomah had it coming with all his pouting and childish behaviour over the past year. I can understand the fans being angry with Nomah before the trade. He was an injured petulant asshole. But once he left I think it would have been classier if the fans recognized how much he did contribute over all those prior years.

    bronxborn November 19, 2004, 2:19 am
  • Oh jesus, this isn’t about how loyal or disloyal Sox fans are, or how extra-specially loyal you Yanks fans are. This whole issue is about the Sox having SIXTEEN free agents the moment after they won the World Series, including 4 very high profile ones, and having to decide who they should keep. You guys are really going overboard with this “sox fans are ungrateful” thing. It’s hollow – we are massively grateful, but we also realize the Sox are in a brutal spot, and are coming to grips with the reality of the situation, that the team next year won’t be the same as the team this year. Nomar has been gone for 4 months now, and the Sox won a championship in the meantime. It doesn’t demean Nomar’s efforts in Boston for the time he was here because we’re not all in tears that he is gone. I, along with many other Sox fans I know, would have loved to have had Nomar at shortstop when Foulke threw that last pitch, but the fact is that they wouldn’t have been there if he was still at shortstop. Where’s the crime in understanding this?

    SF November 19, 2004, 3:32 am

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