‘Friends, he made up his mind a long time ago’:
OK, OK. Uncle. I give up. Reader No. 1 and Andre chime in on Pedro and note it wasn’t just the ownership who let Pedro drift into Hub history.
Reader No. 1:
“Friends, he made up his mind a long time ago on his intentions - please check out that valedictory post-game 3 Press Conference farewell.
“And so did the Red Sox; Gammons
has the numbers in the middle of his fine (ever so slightly bitter) recap.
“And speaking of those numbers... the most important (and unnoticed) article about the Red Sox was published this year in the Ziff-Davis publication 'Baseline'
and tells A LOT about how the team evaluates and selects talent. A very few simple rules about judging value are supported by a lot of very complicated number crunching. Even if you read Moneyball, etc, you'll learn a lot from this article.
Also, so long Orlando Cabrera. He gave us 3 wonderful months. But Edgar Renteria is better.
Now... who will be first with a Hanley Ramirez for AJ Burnett rumor?
“We all know that the Sox had mixed feelings about Pedro, and we all know why, but obviously they made a serious effort to sign him -- within limits. He wasn't handled like Lowe and Cabrera, or like Clemens and Vaughn in the previous administration. If the Mets hadn't flipped out at the end, they would have kept him. I do think their concerns about his health kept them from locking him up last winter, as they certainly should have done had he been healthy. There isn't much ‘testing the waters’ outside (oddly) Minnesota -- once the auction begins, the high bidder wins (or
in this case ‘wins’).”