Ignore the fact that this story is from the Globe website (it's a Reuters piece), YFs. And ignore the fact that it was written by one of the Three Stooges. But don't ignore those former professionals calling out a certain Third Baseman. What is it with those obsessed Sox fans ex-Pinstripers, always taking the piss out of A-Rod?
It's late January. No New York or Boston teams are playing any games worth paying attention to. There's no baseball. It's (sort of) cold. The Road Rules/Real World Duel is over. What the hell is there to talk about (besides Murray Chass, of course)? Because of this dearth of activity, we figured this was a perfect time to feature someone we may never hear from or see again, give a little-known ballplayer some serious internet time: the Red Sox' final pick (#1499 overall - think about that!) in the 2006 amateur lottery draft. As a tease, some career highlights:
2005 - Made 15 appearances, all in relief
2005 - got save vs. San Jose State (4/3), getting the final two outs, including a strikeout
2004 - gave up no runs in 4.2 innings vs. Winthrop (3/15)
favorites include Taco Bell, the movie, "The Big Lebowski," and actor Denzel Washington
You get the sense that Sox fans and Murray Chass don't like each other. From Murray Chass's latest love letter to the Nation:
"You would think that when the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, it would have liberated their fans, enabled all of them to smile and laugh."
Murray is referring to a joke he made in one of his most recent columns. You know, this one:
“If both contracts were to fall through, the Red Sox could sign Bonds to play left field and move Manny Ramírez back to his original position in right.”
Pretty straight forward joke material. Actually, it's a comedy template, along the lines of, "So a rabbi, a priest and a horse walk into a bar." But Red Sox followers didn't get the joke, or so Chass writes.
The intense public interest in the matter has intrigued baseball front-office types, considering most free agent contracts aren’t officially completed for several weeks after an agreement is reached or announced because of language and insurance matters. For what it’s worth, the Sox have other free agents -- at the major league and minor league levels -- whose deals already have been announced but haven’t been officially completed because of wording issues. Keep in mind that Epstein’s own contract wasn’t finalized during the entirety of the 2006 season.
The difference is, of course, those deals were actually announced. This one hasn't been.