Look Out Below

I posted earlier about the possibility of prized minor leaguers having an impact on the big league club this year.  Now, with the 2005 futures game in the books, I think back to the days when a mid-season call-up got me glued to the television, where I hoped to see the next great thing.  It didn’t matter if the players ended up as unspectacular as Jackie Gutierrez, Rey Quinones, Phil Plantier, or Brian Rose, I have vivid recollections of an almost naive hopefulness, my Dad spinning mediocre efforts from any of these guys into the optimistic statement that "this guy, he sure looks he’s got potential". Potential.  Now that’s an unquantifiable mystery trait that stokes our anticipatory fires.  As this oddball season heads into the break I am having a feeling that the Sox may stand relatively pat, they might just engage the potential of their organization (the heck with the Baseball America ranking). Youkilis. Papelbon.  Pedroia.  Ramirez.  Lester.  Alvarez.  Hansen (Scott Boras be damned).  I am hopeful that in lieu of selling off some of this future potential, Theo chooses an alternate route.  I hope that he makes a call to Pawtucket, or to Portland, to find out if the future of the Red Sox and the immediate success of the club is already in his sights, just a bus ride away.  I want to call my father some night in the next couple of weeks and hear him tell me, "now that kid, he’s definitely got potential".

9 comments… add one
  • Very eloquent indeed. Summer hope springs eternal in Beantown, only to be dashed in fall.

    YF July 10, 2005, 10:08 pm
  • Great Post SF. I can relate to everthing in it. In fact, I still have a Phil Platier poster somewhere amongst my old sox crap….how many people can honestly say that?

    Brad-SF July 10, 2005, 10:10 pm
  • FREE KEVIN YOUKILIS!
    (Just had to say that.)

    Sox Fan in VT July 11, 2005, 12:46 am
  • only to be dashed in fall.

    You’re joking, right? I hope you’re joking, lest what little respect I had for you completely vanish.
    What f*cking planet were you living on last October? That’s a weak retort, where none was really even warranted and hardly solicited.

    SF July 11, 2005, 9:56 am
  • Temper, temper, SF.

    YF July 11, 2005, 10:14 am
  • Excellent timing, SF, with the Futures Game on The Deuce just this past weekend. I have to admit, it’s fun seeing the kids go out there, be raw, and perform both dazzling acrobatics and humbling mistakes–sometimes more entertaining than the Big Kids’ Main Event.

    JTP July 11, 2005, 12:27 pm
  • Don’t worry, SF. YF is just jealous.

    mattymatty July 11, 2005, 6:23 pm
  • Brilliantly original SF. Only the Yankees have been there and done that already this season.

    Al.Bundy July 11, 2005, 10:46 pm
  • Best post I think you’ve ever done SF. Great stuff.
    “now that kid, he’s definitely got potential” is a terrific line.

    JeremyM (YF) July 12, 2005, 1:03 am

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