Thursday, January 29, 2009

Varitek Clock Ticking. 'Tek Tock 'Tek Tock...

With twenty fours hours to go until the Jason Varitek deadline expires like a deflated heavier than air balloon, a decision from him and his agent, troublemaker Scott Boras(s), has to be iminent, one way or the other. Remember, and I'm not saying this is the reason for his delayed decision, but because he's going through a divorce, Varitek sees his $5 million instantly chopped to $2.5 million. Then Uncle Sam chops it in half again. That would leave him with roughly a little more than a quarter million smackeroos. Hey Jason, that's a heck of a lot better than nothing, nada, zilch, zippo.

In other Red Sox news, again, there isn't any. The center of Red Sox Nation and the team itself is focused on Jason's decision. I think that if he decides to sign with the team he loves, the Sox will go with him as the primary behind-the-plate guy with Bard as his two games out of every five backup. This would prevent 'Tek from playing four out of every five games. If he and his agent decide to say nay, the Sox will, in my opinion, trade a young not-in-the-major-leagues-yet pitcher (Buchholz?) to obtain either Saltalamacchia, Teagarden or Montero, all young and talented with Teagarden being the best of the far. We'll know by Saturday...the decision will probably not be announced until then.

I'll keep you posted the second I hear anything. I think it would be great to see him back in a Boston uniform once more, but if he decides to move on, good luck to him always and Theo, MAKE THAT TRADE. As always, BE WELL. The new Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band album WORKING ON A DREAM is totally amazing. It went on sale this past Tuesday and I give it five stars (******). He and the band are just a perfect sonic match, much like THE RISING and MAGIC, his two other albums from this, the 21st century. He and the guys will be playing the Super Bowl halftime show...don't forget. Click on the title for more on the 'Tek Tock 'Tek Tock situation and thanks for being here. Your comments are always welcome and always answered. See ya.


At 1/29/2009 3:09 PM, Anonymous johnbee418 said...

Hey Peter, not too much melting of the ice and snow over here in Manchester. Probably even less where you live. Ah well, it's winter in Connecticut, and there's not a finer place.

Speaking of trades, etc, maybe I missed something but do you know exactly what we received when we sent Benedict Arnold to the dodgers ( note the small "D" for those imposters in La-La Land)? We also paid his salary while he was tearing up the National League West Division. But what did we receive for the pleasure of getting rid of that cancer? Or was that it? Just having him gone?

We traded two prospects to Pittsburg for Jason Bay, which was a fantastic profitable trade, as far as I'm concerned. He's a good man.

Can you shed any light on my dilemma? Thanks, if you can.

At 1/29/2009 3:43 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Having him gone was great, but Jason Bay came when he went. We traded two pitchers, too, so you have a point. But Manny was that much of a team divider, just like Rush tries to divide our country. And none of the Sox players could stand it anymore. It was a team-unified decision. A good one, too.

At 1/29/2009 3:43 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Thanks, JB.

At 1/29/2009 8:13 PM, Anonymous johnbee418 said...

That's my point, Peter. We traded two prospects to Pittsburg (Moss and Hansen), and received Jason Bay in return. But what did we get for Benedict Arnold? And the payment of his full salary?

Is this a case of Theo Epstein going completely bonkers? Have our upper management totally lost their marbles? Does this need to be looked into? What are the answers?

At 1/30/2009 6:01 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

The answer is this, at least in my opinion, JB. The Sox desperately wanted to shed Manny and his attitude, at all costs. Nothing needs to be looked into. Manny is now teamless, although I bet he'll end up with Torre's Dodgers before the start of March. Manny was a complete and utter fool who hurt the Sox terribly, almost mortally, in 2008.

Thanks for the dialogue, JB. You're the best. Stay warm east of the river. Right now at 6 AM it's 5 degrees here in Farmington. Have a great Super Bowl weekend.

At 1/30/2009 6:04 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

P.S. should write a's easy. If you want me to help you with the "start up" link and google account, I will. Just email me at...

I'd read you everyday, and I'll write a post announcing your new Sox blog. Peter


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