Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Our Second Baseman Supreme...And A Mike Lowell Downer

He finished tenth in the American League with a .317 batting average, the highest EVER for a rookie second baseman. He led all the rookies in doubles with 39. He was second with a .380 on base average and third in runs with 86. His name is Dustin Pedroia, and he ran away with the American League Rookie of the Year balloting, finishing with 24 of the 28 first place votes. And he's a team player. He said this after the Red Sox conquered the baseball world yet again.....

"The only thing I cared about was trying to help the team win," Pedroia said. "That was our ultimate goal. We set out to try to win the American League East and try to win the World Series. We accomplished both of those things. I think that if you're dedicated into team goals, individual goals will come later."

Peter here, and that's quite a mature and smart way to look at things. And speaking of looking, we'll be watching Dustin Pedroia man Fenway Park's second base for many, many years to come. And what could be better than that? Another World Series Championship? All in good time, all in good time.

Not all the news was good on Monday, however, as talks between the Red Sox and Mike Lowell's Levinson brothers agents broke down. As of this morning (Tuesday), any and all interested teams can "talk turkey" with them. And you can bet your bottom dollar that they will. Mike Lowell is not only wanted (and needed) in the Bronx, but in many other baseball cities as well. Remember, he batted .324, played a tremendous hot corner, and was an all-around great teammate. He would be missed. But the $36 million offer the Red Sox submitted was more of a joke than a sincere attempt to sign one of our heros. They might have other things and other players in mind (think AROD, I hate to say), but we'll never know until something happens. Lowell's side wants four years, and they know they can get it from one team or another (or another, or another). An older Jorge Posada, who had a fantastic 2007, just inked a four year deal with that pinstriped team, so why, in Mike's case, won't the Sox offer a reasonable four year pact? I KNOW he's 34 and will be 38 at the end of the contract, but he has no blossoming physical problems like Johnny Damon or Petey Martinez did. We'll have to wait, I guess, and hope.

Click on the title of this post for the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman's article all about the American League's runaway Rookie of the Year, and enjoy your Tuesday. From now in mid November right through the all important winter meetings in December, and beyond, things will be hoppingly happening. You'll read about it all right here, and I'm so lucky you keep coming back. Be well, and be safe. Always!


At 11/13/2007 6:53 AM, Blogger Beazer said...

The Sox are being smart about this and Lowell is testing the waters.

Can't blame either side here.

Just because someone has a great season, doesn't mean they're worth whatever they ask for.

I love Mike Lowell, but I can understand the caution the Sox are using. If he doesn't sign with them, he's as much 'at fault' as they are.

At 11/13/2007 7:16 AM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

Mike Lowell is as good as in a Phillies uniform this morning, Peter. Time to move on.

At 11/13/2007 7:51 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Beaz, thanks...what you say is true, although Mike has not had a sincere offer to respond honestly to.
MCW, I'm not a pessimist...never will be. I'm not saying you are either...please don't get me wrong. You're a treasured reader and Sox fan. But I will never say die until the handwriting is on the paper.
Thanks, both of you!

At 11/13/2007 7:52 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Congrats to our Dustin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 11/13/2007 11:27 AM, Blogger Beazer said...

/although Mike has not had a sincere offer to respond honestly to./

Sorry, Peter, but that's bull. The Sox gave him a good offer. If he thinks he can get better, that's fine. But that doesn't diminish the offer the Sox made.

//Mike Lowell is as good as in a Phillies uniform this morning, Peter. //

I could live with that. The only place I don't want to see him is on the Yankees. But I'd prefer, if he isn't in Boston, that he goes back to the NL, so's not to torture us. :)

At 11/13/2007 11:30 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Beaz, hi! How do you consider a 3 year offer at twelve million a SINCERE offer?? I just don't fathom that!!!

At 11/13/2007 11:32 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I don't like to disagree with you, EVER, but....wow!

At 11/13/2007 11:43 AM, Blogger Beazer said...

//Beaz, hi! How do you consider a 3 year offer at twelve million a SINCERE offer?? I just don't fathom that!!!//

Because one career year doesn’t suddenly turn Mike Lowell into ARod.

The Red Sox started the season by saying they wouldn’t offer Lowell any more than a one-year deal and Mike made it clear he was looking for more. He then goes on to have his career year, and lets it be known he’s looking for four years. The Sox make it clear they aren’t going more than three. This is business, nothing personal.

Personally, for me, I have no problem if they over-pay Lowell. But I balk at the fourth year. If Theo decides, ultimately, it’s a good deal to make, good for him. But right now I can’t blame him for not going that route. I love Mikey Lowell…but, as others have said, I loved Bill Mueller too and totally understood why the Sox didn’t re-sign him.

The Sox made the offer Lowell knew they were going to make. It’s now up to him to decide what’s more important to him, playing in a park that favors him (Fenway) in front of fans who will adore him even when he starts to falter…or going for that long-term contract for more money. Either way, I won’t hold it against him for what he does…but I certainly won’t ‘blame’ the Sox if he isn’t back with us in 2008.

At 11/13/2007 12:10 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I AGREE.....four years are too much!! But the Sox' twelve million dollar offer? Insulting, in my mind. Can we agree to disagree??? Maybe if they offered 3 years at $13 million or so...well? Who knows? I do remember Lucchino saying..."WE HEAR YOU! at the rolling rally. Maybe I'm easily confused, but I never like to argue with you...you're the biggest (except for me) Sox fan there is!! Your friend, Peter

At 11/13/2007 12:11 PM, Blogger Beazer said...

There's no shame in having differing opinions, Peter.

I think the Sox made a fair offer. I hope Lowell thinks so too. If not, good bye and good luck and here's hoping he doesn't end up in pinstripes.

At 11/13/2007 12:15 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I SO hope you're right....Mikey and pinstripes? OUCH....be well!

At 11/13/2007 12:17 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Have to say this...you're the best! The sun just came out after a very rainy morning.....I'm thinking of putting the grill on...and thinking this might be a JOSH day, too.

At 11/13/2007 12:18 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

As the Beach Boys said...."Wouldn't That Be Nice???"

At 11/13/2007 5:03 PM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

Ehhh, if he goes to the Yankees, he goes to the Yankees. but that would be spitting inthe face of all the lip sevice they've been apying to their youth movement, not to mention just signing Posada to a deal that will take HIM until he's 41.

Pretty soon, there will be a run on walkers and SeaBond at Yankee Stadium.

At 11/14/2007 8:05 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

True, MCW!


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