'Imminent departure,' Part II
Hub Blog really likes the Jason Bay
part of the trade
. The overall trade price, though, initially seemed steep -- until Dan
crunched some numbers. I feel a little better. ... Count me among those who will 'miss'
Manny (which is not the same as 'regret'). How can you not miss him? He was a major part of local sports history. But I'm relieved to get the controversy behind us, therefore there's no aching-heart regret here. ... Some are already comparing the Manny heave-ho to the Nomar trade almost exactly four years ago. Another coincidence is that both trades occurred around the time of the Olympics. The local media four years ago ramped up its Olympics coverage at about this time, giving the Sox room out of the spotlight (relatively speaking, for Boston) to adjust and recover. Hope history repeats itself. ... I would have won the Sal-or-Manny-first-to-go bet (see below). But I had a private wager with Kev
that the Sox wouldn't trade Manny before the deadline. Kev's going to be insufferable when I pay up via cold beers at the bar of his choice. ... Bert
is starting up his own first-to-go betting pool. ...