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".