It was nice having Monday off, so that I could really take it all in. It was definitely not has heart breaking as the 2003 ALCS, which I watched as a 10 year old, and was astounded by what happened. In fact, it wasn’t even that heart breaking, a little disappointing sure, but nothing huge. The day off came at a good time for me though, I wasn’t ready to deal with all the abuse that I would’ve gotten. I was still getting over the fact that this might be Jason Varitek’s last year as a Red Sox, and I don’t know if I ever will be over that.
Of course, as soon as I got to school today, the abuse started, and boy did they go to town. All the Red Sox haters were at it, some of whom don’t even watch baseball, which really annoys me. A few of my teachers were surprised I wasn’t wearing all black in mourning of the Red Sox. I suppose they infer that I’m a Red Sox fan from the earrings, the sweatshirt, oh, and the shoes. If it wasn’t that it might be the loud arguments I have on a daily basis with some of the Red Sox haters (none of which I start). One person commented how he had the same batting average as Jacoby Ellsbury, another decided to bring up Bucky Dent *spits*, Aaron Boone *spits*, and Bill Buckner. Really shows their level of maturity, huh?
Theo Epstein is already pondering the offseason, he sure has a lot on his plate. There are a bunch of free agents out there, and players up for trade for that matter. Some of which are: Jake Peavy, CC Sabbathia, Mark Texiera, Salty (you know who I mean!) On a positive note, Theo is going to sit down and talk with Jason Varitek’s agent and try to come to an agreement. Theo called Varitek an “invaluable asset to our team”. I think he will do all that he can (within reason of course) to keep Jason Varitek. Mike Timlin will probably be retiring, Curt Schilling too, and even perhaps Tim Wakefield. He might try and squeeze one more year out though. The thing is, in this offseason, we don’t really want to give up our young prospects. Our team is pretty young right now, so perhaps we should focus on building a team for the future, while still keeping around some important veterans. We definitely want to keep people like: Jed Lowrie, Justin Masterson, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Clay Buchholz. We also want to bulk up contracts for people like Jonathan Papelbon, Dustin Pedroia, among others. I think we need to work on perhaps some more starting pitching (unless they do something with Masterson), and maybe even the bullpen. Don’t forget though, that Masterson, Okajima, and Papelbon were the ones who really came through for us in the postseason.
On another note, Joba Chamberlain got arrested for DUI, but hey, plenty of athletes do. I’m sure he’ll get some crap about it, but the fact of the matter is: that doesn’t change how great of a pitcher he is. Whether he’s setting up for Mariano Rivera or starting, he’s scary to face. However, it is a nice backup argument to use during my daily (involuntary) debates.
Where do you think Jake Peavy will go? CC Sabbathia? Texiera, Salty?? Anyone else (like Manny?).
World Series starts tomorrow night, it should be a great series!