During a long day in the car, I was able to tune in to WEEI, ESPN, ESPN Radio, WFAN, and ESPN-New York radio (the beauty of the AM dial coupled with Sirius!), I learned a few things during the drive.
- Steve Phillips should do what George Costanza did. Whatever he thinks in his head, he should say the opposite. Around 930am, he said the deal was probably not going to happen. Not as in "failed a physical" not gonna happen, but "the sides won’t come to terms" not gonna happen.
- Orestes Destrade said Daisuke Matsuzaka reminds him of the good Jaret Wright and Doug Drabek. Not sure what to make of this.
- Yankees fans who call WFAN and Michael Kay have glorious imaginations, and those who call in should have brain-taps inserted that link to video screens, so we can all partake in the wild scenarios that play out in fan-land. One fan asserted that Daisuke Matsuzaka ending up on the Red Sox was proof of a Red Sox/MLB/Boras alliance. Another fan asserted that the Red Sox clearly told Scott Boras that they would probably give A-Rod whatever he wanted if he opted out, if in return DM signed with the Sox, and that the Yankees ought to consider icing A-Rod’s deal to prevent this from happening. A third caller felt that Boras "delivered" JD Drew to the Sox and that this was proof of illicit dealings between the two teams, despite the fact that the Sox had to a) win a blind bid and b) offer Drew a $70M contract, far above what many people thought he would get. The last caller I remember believed that the Sox and Boras were in communication before the blind bid process and had this all worked out in advance.
- Scott Boras has a little Karl Rove in him. And Theo Epstein has a little Howard Dean in him. Boras’ blowhardish claims had almost all of us fooled (see Rove’s "I have access to THE numbers", just before the midterm blowout, for a Boras-ish type bluff). Epstein and the Sox front office did a really fine job here, and they deserve acknowledgment for their efforts. $100M+ buys you almost whatever you want, let’s not kid ourselves here, but it’s clear that the number could have gone much higher had they been less stalwart.
Pending the physical, and pending a couple of moves yet to be made (a closer, anyone!?), the Sox have improved this offseason. Let’s forget about the Yankees for the moment, who are still the top of the heap in the East. Let’s forget about the other contenders in the AL, of which there are several. For the moment, let’s just let ourselves be excited about watching a phenom test his wares in a Boston uniform. That’s an absolutely thrilling concept.