In signing Carl Crawford the Red Sox took their last step across Epstein's infamous bridge.
It feels pretty damn good to be sitting in the Death Star this morning. A truer sentence could not have been uttered on this sun drenched day in Boston. I'm paraphrasing Jon Wallach (Cah-Cah!) from today's Toucher and Rich Show on 98.5 the Sports Hub, and the town's simply buzzing over the Red Sox signing of Carl Crawford. The last time a man made this much noise in Boston was when Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride across the Greater Boston area.
That was 1775 though, and in 2010 the masses aren't alerted of important news by way of horse, but by Twitter, and when Pete Abraham sent his Tweet last night, the baseball world was flipped on its collective head. My phone started blowing up in a barrage of text messages just after midnight, and I dropped what I was doing, jumped on the internet, and began celebrating like the Sox had just won the pennant. I honestly couldn't believe it last night, and I can't believe it this morning. I'm still shocked. I'm still awed. But here are some of quick takes on what possibly may be the best single off-season week Theo Epstein, or as I may start calling him - Santa, has had since becoming the GM of the Red Sox.
- FC Liverpool - Friend and fellow blogger, John Quinn, was the first to bring this to my attention last night. There was a lot of kicking and screaming in Red Sox Nation over John Henry's purchase of the FC Liverpool a few month back - and people questioned if he'd still properly commit to the Red Sox. Well, that question was emphatically answered in the past week huh? With Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez the Red Sox have now invested $300+ million in two players, which is "only" about $100 million short of how much he paid for the entire FC Barcelona club.
- The End of Ellsbury? - With Crawford on the club, some may think Jacoby's more expendable, however I say no. The Sox just became the most athletic team in the league, and having both of these guys in our lineup is going to cause absolute fits. Crawford legitimately may score 150 runs next year.
- Back to the Death Star - Spending money is nothing new for the Red Sox, and as a fan in one of the biggest markets why wouldn't I want John Henry to do things like this? Re-investing in the Team sure as hell makes me happy, and I welcome any comparisons to the Yankees. That'd be like Knicks fans complaining about people comparing them to the Celtics. They're both still very different cultures, have different fans, and different attitudes, but playing fields are a lot more even now. The Red Sox didn't pave the rules of the game, the Yankees did, so they''re reaping what they sowed now. Are things like the Sox getting Gonzo AND Crawford good for baseball? Hell no. Do I care? Nope. I'm a Red Sox fan.
- Bridge year - Can we finally start giving Santa (Theo Epstein) the benefit of the doubt? Sure, last year may have been a bridge year, but the injuries we sustained were over-the-top, and without those we STILL would have made the playoffs and a deep run. Theo and his crew know what they're doing, I still reserve my right to complain, but goddamn, what a job by him this off-season.
- Both of Them?!?! - Yup, both Gonzo and Crawford. I just poured cold water over my head. Pinched myself the hardest. And ran into a wall, and I STILL didn't wake up. This really happened.
That's all I can afford to write now, needless to say, any Red Sox fan who actually has the gall to complain about this is going to complain no matter what. For me, the sun is up. The sky is blue. It's beautiful. And so is the Death Star. Welcome aboard.