The Odd Couple? Maybe. Rivals? Oh Yes
Who, you might be asking? Why, the New York Yankees' Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein of the Boston Red Sox. One month after the pair appeared in Boston for a Q & A session, they were together again, in Wayne, New Jersey. It seems like the two get along in the off season, to a degree, when the wheeling and dealing puts them at opposite ends of the spectrum. This is from Sports illustrated dot com, and then I'll be back with a comment...
I deal with all 28 teams," the Yankees' Cashman said with a wink when asked about his negotiating strategy, pointedly leaving out the 29th team, Boston. "Then, when I'm about to hang up with the 28th team, I say, 'Hey, do you know what Boston's up to?'"
During a session with reporters before the (Wayne, N.J.) event, Epstein brushed off a question about Boston's interest in Minnesota left-hander Johan Santana and refused to make any predictions for the upcoming season.
"We're just trying to build a team that can compete in the toughest division in baseball," he said. "Baseball's a long season and it's fairly humbling, and once you start that kind of talk, bad things can happen."
Cashman wasn't nearly as reluctant to anoint the Red Sox the team to beat.
"Until someone takes that away from them, they'll have that swagger," he said. "When they step on the field in spring training, they'll know what they can do because they've done it. That's important."
Peter here, and thank you, Brian, for your kind and accurate words about that world championship team from Beantown. The one I love. Just because you work for a Steinbrenner and your players wear pinstripes does not make you a bad person. Not at all. And baseball fans nationwide know that you are smarter than Sir George when it comes to logical thinking during trade decisions or free agent signings. For that I respect you, and I think the "Bombers" would be lost without you. They might be lost anyways, but it's too early to take out my crystal ball, which is actually plastic, and fortell what will happen in this upcoming 2008 season.
My Constant Readers, have a wonderful Saturday and a great football-less Sunday. The Pats need the extra week because Tom Brady hasn't been seen in practice OR the locker room the last couple of days. But do not worry. As Lisa said, and I agreed with her, I do hope he stays away from the clubs and their dance floors. Good point, Lisa.
I linked the entire SI dot com article...just click on the title of this post. Your comments are always welcome, and will always be answered, especially in these lean off season blog times. But I'll be here. Everyday. If I have nothing to write about, well, I'll find something. That's a promise to you. And as always, BE WELL.