Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Random rants while still wondering what Dave Littlefield could have possibly demanded in return for Kip Wells to make Theo walk away.................

Do you think that around 8:30 last night (right about the time David Wells was giving up his 8th run in 4+ innings) Johny Henry called up George Steinbrenner and conceded the division, only to call him back two hours later after the Ortiz home run:
Steinbrenner - "Let me make sure I understand. You're calling me back to retract your concession?"
Henry - "You don't have to get snippy about it......Let me explain something, your younger brother is not the ultimate authority on this."
(comparing Steinbrenner and Henry to Bush and Gore..........good times)

Anyone else think Trot Nixon faked an arm injury so he wouldn't suffer the embarrasment of being traded at the deadline?

Wily Mo Pena has as many home runs in his last three at bats as Trot Nixon does in his last three weeks.

Which GM will be stupid enough to give Kyle Lohse a 3 year $18 million contract this offseason after he goes 6-1 with a 3.45 ERA down the stretch for the Reds? I'll say Jim Bowden.

Theo Epstein reminds me of that pathetic owner in fantasy baseball that everyone hates because he has an unwholesome attachment to the players he drafted, but still makes trade attempts by offering various combinations of waiver wire fodder.
John Schuerholtz: "OK we'll give you Andruw Jones for John Lester, Craig Hansen and Coco Crisp."
Theo Epstein: "I'll give you Rudy Seanez and David Pauley."
John Schuerholtz: "You know you can turn around a trade Andruw to Houston for Roy Oswalt right?"
Theo Epstein: "Fine, Seanez, Pauley and Kaston Gabbard."

If Theo Esptein was Scott Baio, his signing of David Ortiz would be the equivalent of Baio's getting the lead role in "Charles in Charge." Just inexplicable dumb luck leading to what is (incorrectly) percieved to be a successful career.

Not to pile on Theo Epstein too much, but when Kyle Snyder is prominently involved in your best move of the past year, well that's not a good thing.

Now I am piling on, but has there ever been a GM worse than Theo Epstein at signing free agent relievers? If Theo had his way, the Sox pen would comprise of: Rudy Seanez, Julian Tavarez, Chad Fox, Ramiro Mendoza, Jermaine Van Buren and Alan Embree, with BK Kim and Keith Foulke fighting over who gets to be closer. I mean would any lead be safe? Would that team be better off saving the money and just setting up a pitching machine?

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