On The Eve Of New Year's Eve Day 2007-2008--Perfect Patriots!
Good morning on this partly cloudy December 30th, 2007 (thanks, Laura!). We're in the last hours of the calender year, and it certainly has been a kind one for Boston Red Sox fans, Boston Celtics fans and, of course, the perfect 16-0 regular season New England Patriots, or as some liked to call them, the "Red Sox in helmets." That phrase WAS known as a "diss," but my, oh my, how things have changed! The Sox are the best team in all of baseball. BAR NONE. The Celtics have the best record in basketball. And the Patriots last night completed their perfect 2007-08 regular season at 16-0 with a comeback and thrilling 38-35 victory over the gung-ho New York Giants. Both teams played with all hands-on-board. They played for keeps, and the Pats were successful in making NFL history, although in more of a nail-biting fashion than I would have liked. Bottom line? THEY WON.
The latest from Minnesota and the Johan Santana sweepstakes goes like this, from ESPN dot com. I'll be back with a comment after you read this, although I've exhaustively made my feelings known when it comes to the Twins' lefty and his final destination....
"The Twins continue to stay in contact with the Red Sox, Yankees, Mets and Mariners about a Johan Santana deal. But those talks have moved so slowly it's now possible a Santana trade may not get done "for several weeks," according to one source with knowledge of the discussions.
The Yankees' last bid was a four-for-one offer that would have included Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, pitching prospect Jeff Marquez and a fourth prospect that the teams never settled on. That offer isn't currently on the table. But those talks could be revived if Hank Steinbrenner pushes the Yankees back into active discussions.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, haven't budged on their offer of Jon Lester, Coco Crisp, pitching prospect Justin Masterson and shortstop Jed Lowrie. And the Mariners are still viewed as a longshot because Santana appears reluctant to sign an extension that would tie him to Seattle long term.
The Twins are now telling other teams that they may hold Santana until spring training to get the package they want."
Peter here, and we can wait as long as it takes. The last thing the Twinkies want or need is to go through the 2008 season and then lose Santana to free agency. THEY WILL NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. But it seems that they're going to take their time deciding exactly what path they will follow. And that's just fine with me....the Red Sox are "sitting pretty," as things stand now.
I'll be back tomorrow with a New Years post, one that has all my wishes and dreams, not only for me, but for you, EVERY one of you, my Constant Readers. So until then, I thank you for being here, and I urge you to click on the title for the Sunday Boston Globe's great Patriots' article. It's entitled "SWEET 16." And as the late and great one, and you know who I mean, said, "How sweet it is!" Oh yes, Jackie. How sweet it is...that says it all. Be well everyone, and watch out while driving those soon to be snowy roads.