The Untouchables. And I'm not talking about the 1950s television show or the recent movie. I'm talking about the two Boston Red Sox players who can not, should not or WILL not be traded for Johan Santana-Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury. I read an article in the Boston Herald this morning, penned by Steve Buckley, and that was his point exactly. Here's a little taste of it.....
"To make this trade (Santana) happen, I would sadly part with Lester, who will always be an inspiration to us all. I would part with Buchholz, who very likely will emerge as a top pitcher down the road. As for some other very talented kids in the system - Brandon Moss and Justin Masterson, to name a couple - they, too, could be used in a deal for Santana.
But Pedroia and Ellsbury must remain with the Red Sox, and for a long, long, long, long time. Look, it’s not just the numbers, even though the numbers are impressive. And it’s not just that Ellsbury has already made some great grabs in the outfield, or that Pedroia has good range and is deadly on the pivot."
Peter here. "A long, long, long, long time" sounds exactly right to me. I agree one hundred percent. I was clamoring for the Sox to put Buchholz on that "untouchable" list, if there is such a thing, but I have changed my tune. Slightly. Sadly, Lester and Coco Crisp are as good as gone if the Sox enter into any serious discussions with the Twinkies. And if it will take the addition of Clay Buchholz to make this happen, then the Sox will have to do it. But Pedroia and/or Ellsbury? They will be major league superstars for many years to come, and they are so untradable that the Sox shouldn't even let rumors begin to swirl. Heck, they shouldn't even ALLOW the Twins to include their names in any trade discussions of any kind. TABOO! Forget about it!!! Our second baseman and centerfielder are going absolutely NOWHERE!!!!!! And I think with every fiber of my baseball being that that is the case. So we needn't worry. Will it hurt to lose Buchholz, Lester or Crisp? Oh yeah, especially somone like Clay who has such an unlimited potential. But Dustin and Jacoby are and will be Red Sox players for as long as they want to be, and we aren't including them in ANY trade talk with ANYONE! End of discussion. Case closed. The defense rests, your Honor.
Click on the title of this post for the entire Steve Buckley article....I'm sure you will enjoy it. And then leave me a comment. Maine Catwoman has already expressed her opinion in the comment section of the previous post. She reminded me that NO ONE is "untouchable." And I KNOW that, but Pedroia and Ellsbury define the meaning of that exact word.
Have a wonderful Saturday....it IS Saturday, but because of the long holiday weekend, it has seemed like Sunday since the moment I opened my eyes and crawled out of bed. And that's a good thing! Be happy, be well, and thanks, as always, for being here.