Rookies Of The Year...Red Sox Rumbles...Words From Seibu
The AL and NL Rookie of the Year Award winners were named yesterday. Justin Verlander was the winner going away for the American League. He finished the season at 17-8 with a wonderful ERA of 3.63. Our very own Jonathon Papelbon finished a distant second. He finished an injury marred year with 35 saves and a 0.92 ERA. If he had stayed healthy, it would have been a neck and neck race.
In the NL, Hanley Ramiriez was the winner, beating out the Nationals' third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Hanley finished the year hitting .292, stealing 51 bases, batting in 119 runs and clobbering 17 home runs. Not bad for a kid. Not bad at all, Hanley. Congrats to both players.
On to the Red Sox. Word is expected out of Seibu and MLB at 8pm EST tonight on who (we know...Sox at $42mill.) the winning team is in the bidstakes for the sevices of Matsuzaka. The winner will then have 30 days to come to an agreement with Matsukaka's agent, Scott "20 Mule team" Boras. May the good team win. That's us!
Lastly, the Boston Globe has reported that the Red Sox have already made an official offer to free agent outfielder J.D. Drew. As it looks now in mid-November, the Red Sox are determined to improve themselves IMMENSELY this off season. Why don't we just all sit back and enjoy the ride! Those are my plans precisely, and you'll read about all the thrills and chills right here at your everything Red Sox corner newstand.