Thursday, December 16, 2004

Interesting week for the Sox. First Pedro makes it official that he's going to spend the next four years at Shea Stadium. Now that Olympic Stadium is (apparently) out of the league, he'll be playing half his games at the absolute worst ballpark in baseball.

True to form, instead of saying that he went to the Mets because they made a better offer than the Red Sox, he actually claimed that it was "God's will" that he play in Flushing instead of in Boston during an interview in the Dominican.

This is one of my pet peeves. You will often see athletes saying that their team won because "God was on their side, or words to that effect. Seriously, does anyone really think that God is worried about whether Pedro plays for the Red Sox or the Mets? Does anyone think He cares if the Giants or the Redskins won Sunday's game? And if God is supporting one team, what does that say about the other team?

I don't have any objection to athletes who thank God for giving them the physical gifts to excel in their chosen sport. This gives God some credit for the success without making it seem like He's choosing sides.

Anyways, back off that digression. While I would have liked to have seen Pedro back in Boston for a few years, I think the Mets are taking a huge risk by guaranteeing the 4th year of the contract. Even the Red Sox expanding their offer to a third year was more than I would have liked to have seen. Pedro, as everyone knows, is fragile and his performance has been declining over the last few years. His arm could easily go before the end of the contract, and that would leave the Mets holding the bag.

Of course, he could be another Roger Clemens, but I tend to doubt it.

The other big Red Sox news of the week was the Red Sox signing ex-Cardinals shortstop Edgar Renteria. Renteria is a top flight shortstop. He's probably a step below Tejada, Jeter and A-Rod, but he's certainly among the best of the rest. I think he's an upgrade over Cabrerra; not as flashy a fielder, but more steady and a more disciplined hitter.

Next up on Theo's agenda: a number 2 starter and getting Jason Varitek signed.


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