Saturday, November 13, 2004
STRESS. What with all my classes trying to cram in as many huge tests and projects as they can before Thanksgiving, the increasingly worrying housing situation, the fact that Northwestern is just good enough to make me fret about the game tomorrow (later today), and a pressing need to wash my sheets, I really don't need to hear that Scott Bora$ is not only demanding 5 years and $50 million for Jason Varitek, he'd like a no-trade clause tossed in there too.
The Sox will never take on 'Tek for 5 years (they'd do 3, with a small chance at 4), and they have an actual policy about not giving anyone no-trade clauses (smart, in the long run... what if we'd been stuck with Nomar?). So unless Bora$ decides to somewhat dampen his enthusiasm for the art of creating insane and unwieldy contracts, 'Tek will not be back next season. *insert pathetic whimper here*
I really, really hope that someone puts their foot down and we manage to get 'Tek back. But, if not, I guess it's not the end of the world. The Sox are rumored to have made some passes at Brian Schneider of the Montreal Expos/Washington Whatevers. He is, by most accounts, a pretty good catcher. Not nearly up to 'Tek in terms of offensive production or endurance, but not an unreasonable replacement, if one has to be found.
Rumors abound, actually. The Sox are said to have made overtures of friendliness to Oakland, with a eye for Tim Hudson, which were gently rebuffed. It's been whispered that we're preparing for a second assault, but this time with Barry Zito in mind. The Yankees seem to want pitching badly, particularly left handed pitching, to the point where they're perfectly willing to overpay significantly for it. The Tigers also need pitching badly, to the point where they'll actually consider hometown boy Derek Lowe, despite his regular season woes. They're also apparently looking at Matt Clement, whose endearingly awkward looks bear a more than passing resemblance to the goofily lovable countenance of Bronson Arroyo.
The only actual movement (by Boston, anyhow) so far is the signing of left handed pitcher Billy Traber. We picked him up on waivers from the Indians. This past season he was in rehab for surgery on his elbow, and I imagine that we'll play him in Pawtucket (triple-A) this season with a thought of bringing him along for 2006. But we'll see. Right now pretty much all I know about the guy is that he's kinda cute.
As there's Michigan football tomorrow to be seen, I ought to depart. But hey, it's apparently snowing in Providence and Vermont already, so it must be winter! Time for all college students to perish of stress. Time for the wily college students to alleviate that stress by spending a fruitful couple of hours doodling in Illustrator. This came out somewhat better than I had expected, but the subject matter is so lovely that it's really rather hard to ruin it entirely.
Johnny Damon has his knit hat on. Yup. Definitely winter.