That’s right. Keep your mouths shut.
This isn’t about being emotionally attached to certain players – this is about being realistic. There are many players on this team that I really love to watch, but let’s face it – they’re interchangeable. There are very few players on this Red Sox team that you can say you can’t get the same return on investment should you trade them. The two players that I feel are invalueable to this team are Manny Ramirez, and naturally – Jason Varitek.
Over the last few days, there has been so much chatter in the media about why these two shouldn’t be re-extended. And truthfully the arguments pale in comparison against those as to why they should be re-extended. I’m not an “expert” in the field, so clearly I may not express them all, but I can share my school of thoughts on it. Maybe Manny is 36; 36 is the new 26. He’s in great shape, he’s clearly not slowing down any (I’m sorry, his “slump” was really nothing to be called that) – and truthfully I’d rather have Manny on my payroll growing older – than have to face against him. Name one player that would be worth the trade. I can’t think of any. (Ugh, and please, don’t get me started on the Barry Bonds issue because this is one girl who would never cheer for him if he was in a Sox uniform. But I digress….)
And as far as the Captain is concerned, I’ve said it time and time again to those who try to say he’s “not worth it”, or “he’s breaking down”. I don’t see the breakdown. Do I see he doesn’t hit as well as before – sure, he’s inconsistent on his batting. His numbers have gone down in that respect. But that’s not his sole responsibility. He’s not a utility player. He’s the catcher – he calls a game like no body else does. I’m sorry, how many no hitters are under his belt? One hitters? Never mind the fact that he brings so many other intangibles to the table, the Red Sox organization would absolutely be foolish not to sign him. I would think it’s the terms of length of time that might be contentious as opposed to the actual signing. But they’ll work it out I’m sure. (Another “ugh” with regards to his agent which is a subject that I will not digress on at the moment…)
We’ve all seen organizations build their teams around a particular player…more often than not, it will be a pitcher. But in this girl’s opinion, there are three players on this team that you can build a team around. That’s not to say that the other’s aren’t fantastic at what they do – but it is what it is. And those three players are Josh Beckett, Manny Ramirez, and Jason Varitek.
Agree or disagree, the choice is yours. But that’s my story – and I’m sticking to it.