/ Glares at Sparty, Pat, Trey, Miz, Spencer, Lefty… pretty much everybody except John
// High Five John!
The Red Sox have reportedly left baseball’s winter meetings having just acquired the two best hitters available on the market – one via trade, one via free agency.
The Patriots just finished a complete dismantling of their closest AFC competition in the Jets, reestablishing themselves as the team to beat in the NFL this year.
The Celtics have won eight straight games by an average of 14+ points per. And at 17-4, they are the best team in the Eastern Conference; one game behind the San Antonio Spurs for best record in the NBA.
And the Bruins… well, if everything breaks right they’re probably a playoff team.
Three outta four ain’t bad.
If there’s anyone out there who knows that being World Series favorites in December means absolutely nothing, it’s me. But adding two legitimate blue chippers in one of the weakest years of available players in recent memory certainly has to give the rest of the league pause.
Teams that thought the Red Sox were in a transition period, waiting it out while albatross contracts like Ortiz, Matsuzaka and Drew came off the books, developing young talent from the farm system and signing enough mid-level free agents to stay competitive just got a wake up call.
Just a few months ago, Red Sox fans were terrified that John Henry and the ownership team were moving away from building this team when they purchased EPL also-rans Liverpool. Fans were clamoring for some type of reassurance that another Red Sox World Series would still be #1 on their to-do list.
Bringing in Adrian Gonzalez to play first base and Carl Crawford to man the Monster is like a bright flashing neon sign from John Henry to the Red Sox fans, that screams “We’re not going anywhere”.
Of course, all that good will goes down the drain if these teams don’t finish the job. But it’s nice to be reassured. Now, let’s see how they do on the field.