So, can we all move on and wait for Santa (for those of us that are waiting for him tonight)?
Some good points from Bob Ryan:
For the Red Sox and their fans, this was always a win-win. What was the worst that could happen? The worst that could happen was the deal with Texas falling through and the Red Sox going to battle next season with Garciaparra playing short and batting third and Ramirez playing left field and batting fourth.
All right, so what happened? We’ll probably never know for sure, but at least one reputable source speculates that the Red Sox were, in the final analysis, very afraid of getting into luxury tax territory.
The only loser here is A-Rod, who remains in Texas, where he and manager Buck Showalter have their publicized differences and where it appears he will be marooned in his unhappy state for a very long time. This was his one chance for escape. Where else is a $20 million-a-year player such as Ramirez going to surface?
As for Garciaparra, the fact is he has no reason to pout. He has something to prove, having hit .196 after Sept. 1 of last season and having driven in one run during the postseason. Something was amiss. Either he was hurt or he had personal problems. A player of his caliber does not go six weeks batting .196 otherwise. At any rate, that was our last look at Nomar. He can’t come back and be haughty.
Say he is unhappy about being dangled out there by the Red Sox. Fine. Then just go have a big year. Put up the numbers, and when the time comes, give them the Johnny Paycheck routine as you file for free agency. If he happens to wind up playing for a team that brings the Red Sox the first world championship since 1918, do you really think people will be all that exorcised if Nomar seizes the opportunity to leave town? Most people I know wouldn’t mind dealing with that problem.
With or without Rodrigiuez, the Red Sox are a significantly better team than they were the night of Game 7 in Yankee Stadium. That’s a non-negotiable premise.
Anyway, in case I don’t update again…Merry Christmas (and a somewhat belated Happy Chanukah) to you and yours…