Saturday, December 5, 2015
THE RARE BREED
Yes indeed the Boston (We aren’t the Evil Empire and don’t buy the league like them) Red Sox paid David Price all the Money that Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner stole from them in “THE TOWN” and called Rhode Island to pitch in another couple million. They WAY overpaid if you ask me…but David is an ace. There is no doubt about it. He is a #1 and that staff NEEDED one in a big way. Well, they got him. Let’s all move on.
Here is a nightmare scenario for Yankee fans. Maybe David Price helps bring the Sawks and the Big Papi Farewell Tour back to the Promised Land. It could happen. They also have a big time closer in Kimbrel. Pedy should be healthy. Bogarts and Bradley are legit. This could and may very well happen, folks. What would REALLY smart is seeing Ortiz go out the way Jeet and Mo didn’t.
Derek and Mariano faded into retirement with love and fanfare…but well short of another ticker tape parade. But let us take a closer look at the Boston Red Sox shall we?
Breathe Yankee fans. The sky is not falling. No, I’m NOT saying that the Bronx Bombers will be better than the Sox…or the Jays, O’s and Rays for that matter. We have more issues than TIME Magazine. Nope, all I’m saying is that the Sox may have the names but don’t have the Rare Breed that brought rings to Fenway.
When I mention O’Neill, Jeter, Bernie, Cone, Tino, Jorge, Andy and Mo INSTANTLY you may think of WINNING. Winning was their business and brothers and sisters, BUSINESS WAS A BOOMIN’. These players epitomized the RARE BREED I’m thinking of. They were all heart. They were team first players and it was about the W not whether they looked good or had the biggest contracts.
Now, we may not want to ever give Boston their due, but they also had players of the same ilk. It’s very true. It’s FACTUAL. Varitek, Nixon, Millar, Miller, Schilling, Wake, Pedy and yes, even Pedro. They were ALL cut from the same cloth. That’s what made the battles so epic between that class of Yanks and Sox. In my opinion it is now sorely lacking both in the Bronx and Beantown.
The Sox have players (LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU PANDA AND HANLEY) just don’t have the guts and grit of Red Sox past. They are ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES. And it is this culture that undercuts the biggest signings and trades. The team isn’t one unit going to battle everyday…it’s a team of All Star egos that seem to crumble once they hit a losing skid. Boston might be upended by a lopsided payroll, underachieving stars and the Papi Traveling Circus.
The Yankees will most likely not make any big moves, and maybe that’s the play this year. Maybe we take it on the chin a bit more this year…or even shock the world. Nobody expects this club to do anything. To quote Lou Brown, “Let’s give ‘em a nice, big sh** burger to eat.”
2016 may be a tough season for the New York Yankees…but it may be a giant, EXPENSIVE disaster up in Chowda City. Without that Rare Breed…well, you just don’t win when it matters most. KNAWK YAWSELVES OUT, SAWKS.
** Here’s one for the 2016 Boston Red Sox from Me First and The Gimme Gimmes **
--Mike O'Hara Senior "Features" Writer
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