Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Does Anybody REALLY Care What Time It Is?

Good Tuesday morning, as the night is surrendering to the never-ending sun's strength and tenacity, as our life-giving orb is still trying to make its way over the eastern horizon. I'm sure the golden rays, unimpeded by cloud cover, will shine, and shine soon, low angled through the canopy of trees, but still there in all its glory.

I just read the Boston Globe's Gordon Edes' Tuesday, December 18th article. It has to do with the Johan Santana/Red Sox back and forthness, and that's exactly what is is. Two teams, seemingly NOT in a hurry, but knowing what each of their needs are, playing a game, a high stake one. Here's a bit of the Edes article.....

"....for the Sox, standing pat may be the most attractive contingency to missing out on Santana.
So far, clearly, Epstein has decided Santana isn't worth the price that appears to have been set in Minnesota, one that includes some combination of Jacoby Ellsbury, Buchholz, and Lester. In the meantime, the phone lines remain open...."

Peter, back again, and MY phone lines are open too!! Just kidding. But I HAVE to respond to those words. First of all, I DO NOT want to lose Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz is and ALWAYS will be untouchable, and Jon Lester, if we MUST part with him to obtain Johan's left arm, will be a huge loss, at least to me. For many of us, I am sure. The lure of a rotation that includes Santana following Beckett is a strong one, but that's the key word...STRONG. The Boston Red Sox are dealing from a position of huge strength.....and that's a great thing for every member of Red Sox International and Red Sox Nation. So the seconds, minutes, hours, days and months WILL tick by. But the Twinkies know that they have the most on the table if Santana, good as he is, is lost to free agency at the end of the '08 season. It's almost like sitting at the poker table, playing "Texas Hold'em No Limit," and you're sitting with a flush, reached on the turn (the second to last face-up card), and you check (don't bet), hoping an opponent with a lesser hand will raise the pot, and he or she does! You respond with your own raise, And that's what's called a "trap." I'm not sure what Theo is thinking, not right now, but maybe by his silence, it might be a baseball kind of TRAP." I DO know that the 2008 Boston Red Sox will be, and are, great. And that is such a nice thing. Overwhelming, to me, to tell you the truth.

Click on the title of this post for the Gordon Edes' article that spawned this entire post. It's from the Boston Globe, and I am your happy writer from Peter's Red Sox Forever. Have a great Tuesday, and always be safe. Thank you, and I'd love to read and respond to any and all of your great comments. Poker? All you have to do is ask...I know of a couple great online poker sites, play money or not! Red Sox Forever, and to you, my Constant Readers, thank you so very much.


At 12/18/2007 9:40 PM, Blogger Charles L. Wallace said...

Pretty much the way I feel about Melky Cabrera, Phil Hughes, and Ian Patrick Kennedy [how did the Sox miss drafting a name like THAT? :-)]

I think at this moment, both the Sox AND the Yanks are better off standing pat. I'm okay with giving up Alan Horne and Brett Gardner for Santana, but remember: it's just a one-year rental. Re-signing will require a boatload of cash. Minny's over a barrel, and I don't see any reason to line their coffers. Carl Pohlad shouldn't be such a cheapskate.

At 12/18/2007 9:41 PM, Blogger Charles L. Wallace said...

Oh, and nice tribute to Chicago, the band, as well :-)

At 12/19/2007 6:20 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I'd rather see Jacoby Ellsbury in center myself! For many years to come!!!! Thanks CIW.

At 12/19/2007 11:30 AM, Blogger Charles L. Wallace said...

Exactly! To paraphrase the ol' song, only two things that money cain't buy, and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes [in this case, homegrown talent!] hahaha

At 12/19/2007 12:17 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

As Paul McCartney wrote and sang, with the rest of his band...long ago....."MONEY CAN'T BUY YOU LOVE." And at that time in spring of 1964, the single, backed with John Lennon's YOU CAN'T DO THAT, became the largest selling single of ALL TIME. For Capitol Records, here in America. Until later....thanks for the comments!

At 12/19/2007 12:19 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Of course, I meant "CAN'T BUY ME LOVE." It's still early!!!


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