The Boston Red Sox: Defenders of the 2004 World Championship!! "Whoever plunges into his experiences with the momentum of hope, will remember so that he cannot forget." - Soren Kierkegaard.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Today is the last day for the Sox to offer free agents arbitration, and they are expected to do so with Varitek, Pedro, Cabrera and DLowe. Larry Lucchino and John Henry are scheduled to make a visit to Pedro in the Dominican tomorrow - this is supposedly more of a "social" call than an effort at contract negotiation, as it is unclear whether Pedro's agent will be attending this little get together. The Sox also want to stop in and visit Big Dada as well.
This reminds me of one of my favorite Manny stories, when a coach stopped by to visit him at home and Manny wouldn't let him in. What's the deal with the off season visit thing? I would be totally pissed if the buzzer to our apartment rang on a sunday and it was chef downstairs, wanting to drop by for a visit. We'd probably be sitting around in our pajamas with dirty, messy hair, drinking at a ridiculously early hour in a semi-dirty living room, which would confirm chef's suspicions that two of his lead cooks are huge scumbags. I don't blame Manny. I wouldn't let the guy in, either.
The Cubs are rumored to be close to signing a one-year, $8 million dollar deal with Nomar. So next year, when the Sox go to Wrigley Field for interleague play, Nomar will probably be on the opposing team. Weird, huh? The Sox are also returning to Busch Stadium next June, and I'm sure everyone will be real happy to see them back there. Since I've got mad family in St. Louis, I'm going to try to get tickets to that series, and maybe even take in a game in Chicago. If I haven't moved to Maui by then, but that's a post for another time.