Friday, December 22, 2006

Patriots Day Minus One Hour-AM Drive Time For The Angels! And A JD Drew Update Of Sorts....

Yes, the annual Patriots game will be moved up an hour. From the Globe.....

"The Red Sox tradition of playing a morning game on Patriots Day is getting tweaked for 2007. With the start of the Boston Marathon pushed up to 10 a.m., the Sox have obtained permission from Major League Baseball and the players' union to start their Patriots Day game, traditionally an 11:05 start, an hour earlier."

Peter here. And the opponent on that early season day will be the Los Angeles Angels, whose fans will have the singular sensation of being able to listen to their favorite team play during the morning drive time hours. 7am Pacific time. There is a stipulation that the Sunday game must be started no later than 1:05pm. Now that makes sense. Imagine if TV tried to reschedule the game to an 8:00 pm start, ending around midnight. That would be too quick a turnaround for players and fans alike.

On the JD Drew front, it seems as if Scott Boras is AGAIN dealing from a position of weakness. We have to love it!!! Read this from the Herald, and then I'll make my point.

"The sides agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract on Dec. 5, but a physical examination six days later apparently revealed concerns about the 31-year-old outfielder’s right shoulder. The Sox are seeking changes in the language of the pact that will protect them if the shoulder eventually leads to a significant loss of playing time, but agent Scott Boras has been reluctant to accommodate.
Boras told the Associated Press on Wednesday night that his client is healthy and has no “condition that would affect him over the five years of the contract.” He also indicated, however, that he and Sox general manager Theo Epstein have been working on settling the issue “in good faith.” "

Peter here, and I know I've talked this deal to death, but this is a case where the upside is in our Soxs' hands. In fact, it's in the palm of their hands and all the Sox need to do is CLENCH THEIR FISTS! But here is my point, a big one in that Boras is used to "holding all the cards," the wild cards and the trump cards. But now, yet again, Boras is forced to deal from a lame duck position....he and the Sox have agreed in principle, with nothing made official (thank goodness!), and it is the Sox who are being smart. Where does this leave Sir Scott? It leaves him in the unenviable position of constantly having to assure the Red Sox brass that his client is fine and ready for 5 years of Red Sox rightfield. But, and this is a BIG but, whatever it was that the Red Sox discovered during the Drew exam has made them hit the brakes, lay rubber, a literal four wheel slide into the signing process, until they are satisfied with changes in the non-official agreement that will assure the club that they're not getting the equal of a shattered bat, useless for anything but maybe an autographed keepsake for a fan. Theo and company, remember how Scott Boras uses and abuses major league teams, and CUT HIM NO SLACK. 5 years at $70 million US bucks........make sure this huge sum will be money well spent instead of paying a dividend to a player who will average 100 games per season and an agent who is...is...well, despicable. That, to me, leaves WMP out there in right, where he should not be, for 60 plus games. No way, no how, not next year, not in 2010..

We start the holiday weekend today, and I'll be back later with some thoughts on that subject and others. Once I get started, it's hard to stop me. But you seem to like it, so I won't change a thing. OK??

10 Comments:

At 12/22/2006 12:29 PM, Blogger Jess said...

grrrrr. So sick of Boras.

 
At 12/22/2006 4:09 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Me too! Happy healthy everything!!!!!!!

 
At 12/22/2006 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I'm wondering where the outrage is regarding the Sox front office. Yes, Ok, it IS the 1 year anniversary that the Yanks signed J. Damon, or more like, Boston just let him go. But replacing him with Crisp and now Mr. Heartless himself, JD Drew?

You guys are easily looking at a 4th place finish in the AL East in 2007.

JD will ruin the Sox.

 
At 12/22/2006 5:54 PM, Blogger kaylee said...

i diont even want drew anymore:)I am tinking along the same lines as theo.:)and we dont want you to stop writing.:)we love reading your writing:)I think i have enough smiley faces in this comment:)
-kaylee

 
At 12/22/2006 5:55 PM, Blogger kaylee said...

Hey Middle Relief No,theo is thinking AL EAST CHAMPS not 4th place.WATCH WHEN THE SEASON BEgINS.

 
At 12/23/2006 6:40 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

MR< JDD ain't on the team yet, and most people I know wiould rather have it tay that was. And 4th place with that rotation.?? You're daft! But thanks for stopping in---your comments are always welcome, esp. when the season starts and you're looking up at us! Happy holiday to everyone! Even George.....

 
At 12/23/2006 8:54 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And by MR, I meant Middle Relief...P.S. You have a nice blog...try to everyday your posts if you can...I'm a fan. Peter

 
At 12/23/2006 8:56 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And Kaylee, you KNOW I'm a fan of yours. Happy happy Phoenix Christmas to you and BB and everyone. Thank you so much for your everyday comments. Hey, how's the wrist???? I'd like to know. And may that be the ONLY bone you break! EVER!!!!

 
At 12/23/2006 12:51 PM, Blogger kaylee said...

The wwrist is getting better still not at full strength but,getting there.I hope that is the only bone I break EVER!:]
-kaylee

 
At 12/23/2006 2:38 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

me too!

 

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