The Bard out West
Eric Wilbur of the Boston Globe is wondering aloud if the Ramirez/Sanchez for Beckett trade will ever turn out ugly for the Red Sox.
''Hanley Ramirez on Opening Day: 4 for 6, 1 run scored, 1 run batted in, 4 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases. Anibal Sanchez goes for the Marlins tomorrow, while Josh Beckett hits the hill for the Red Sox. As sparkling as Ramirez has proven to be so far in the big leagues, you just know that his and Beckett's names are going to be linked together for a long time. Let's just hope it's not in a Bagwellian-Anderson sort of way.''
Well first of all, no, because Beckett is a very young, power pitcher with fantastic stuff and has shown a willingness to continue to learn and adapt to the AL. He won 16 last year, everyone forgets in a hurry, and if spring training means anything, he could easily win 17-19 in 2007. So, Bagwellian-Anderson sort of way? No.
Secondly, I believe we already have the modern day Bagwellian-Anderson type trade going on right under our collective noses. Remember this fella?
''Josh Bard had a career-best four hits for San Diego. He also had an RBI and scored twice. ''
(In San Diego's opening day win)
Yeah but he couldn't catch a knuckle ball so he was driven out of town and Doug 'Weeble Wobble' Mirabelli was given a police escort to Fenway. Don't get me wrong. I like Mirabelli. He has a little bit of power, seems to be slightly clutch and even strikes the average onlooker as a pretty decent sort of chap. However, he hasn't got a third of the offence that Bard brings to the plate and I haven't even got into the Cla Meredith section of that one sided trade. Boy oh boy did the Padres catch Theo with his pants down on that one.
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