Wednesday, November 26, 2003

This is shamelessly stolen from the Whiner Line on WEEI, but I thought it was really funny so I'm repeating it here:

Heard in Grady Little's home on Thanksgiving, "I don't think it's done yet. Let's leave it in for a while." This is best read if you imagine it in Grady's southern drawl. :-)

OK, here are my thoughts on the recent proposed transactions for the Sox:

Curt Schilling - this is a no brainer if they can pull it off. Who knows if Fossum or Lyon will ever amount to anything, and Curt Schilling is one of the half-dozen best pitchers in the game. I'll take my chances with a starting rotation including Pedro, Schilling, Derek Lowe and Tim Wakefield.

Keith Foulke - Again, a no-brainer. He had five blown saves in 48 opportunities last year. By contrast, the Sox had 21 blown saves in 47 opportunities. Despite the bullpen's postseason success, I think they really need a top of the line closer. Other than Timlin, there wasn't one pitcher in that bullpen who was consistently good all year.

Terry Francona - I think he has a chance to be a pretty decent manager with this team. He appears to have a lot of Grady's clubhouse skills, and also has many of the organizational skills that Theo and company seem to like. He didn't have a great record with the Phillies, but he also had a terrible team. If you're not going to get a marquee name like Torre or LaRussa, Francona is probably as good as anyone out there.

If the Sox can sign Schilling and Foulke and keep most of the rest of the major players from last years team relatively intact, they should be one of the favorites to win the World Series next year. They would have filled their two biggest holes (a number 2 starter and a closer). Even if the offense suffers a bit with the departure of Todd Walker, you've got to think the rest of the team can pick up most of the slack.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!


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