We’re succumbing. After another story today, we’re doing it. We’re engaging the mindless speculation, started here, continued here, artfully satirized here, and then brought to it’s predictable "whatever they want we’re gonna take" conclusion here. So what is it, Sox fans and Yanks fans alike? Is Roger the answer? Is he an AL stat bomb waiting to explode? Is he a dependable veteran tutor? Is he an every-five-day prima donna that will isolate and be isolated from his everyday teammates? All of the above?
Elsewhere, WasWatching exhibits little sense of humor in jumping on the "Larry Lucchino is Satan" bandwagon, a position usually reserved for us Sox fans, insinuating that the Boston bigwig is in cahoots with the Lowell Spinners, launching a conspiracy to deprive Massachusetts schoolkids of the divine privilege of wearing a Yankees little league uniform. Steve Lombardi, whose excellent blog is one of our favorites, misses the mark here. Exploiting this famed regional rivalry to generate publicity for a local minor league ballclub and at the same time providing young kids with free uniforms and a chance to play in a professional ballpark is hardly dastardly, but rather somewhat humorous and clever. Sometimes a little PR is just a little PR.
Consider this an all-things-Roger, all-things-rivalry open thread.