Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
“Anyway, is there any doubts that the Red Sox are the favorites to win it all this year? Okajima, Gagne, Papelbon 7th to 9th inning, with Beckett, Matsuzaka, Schilling, and Lester starting. The offense has more than enough firepower to score 5-6 runs a game. I see them beating the Tigers in the ALCS, and topping either the Braves or Padres in the WS. Yeah, I know, whereâ€™s my allegiance to the Mets? But I say why set high standard and be disappointed when I can set low standards and be pleasantly surprised?”
Ok, so the Tigers, Braves, and Padres predictions were way off, but I got the one that counts most.
You know, people make a big stink over how New York is the most hated sports city because of their track record of success and aptitude to spend mucho dinero for talent. Well, I think Boston is soon going to eclipse the Big Apple’s status. The Sox have now won 2 of the last 4 World Series…the Patriots are undefeated and are in the midst of a mini-dynasty…the Celtics just went out and acquired Garnett and Ray Allen to play with Paul Pierce and look like heavy favorites to make the NBA finals out of the East…and Boston College is kicking butt in college pigskin. Do we dare merge with Yankee fans in mutual hatred for Beantown?
How much will people hate Boston after the Red Sox sign A-Rod? AND Lowell?
They can do it, if they want to. That would be one heckuva lineup.
Who’s taking bets on where A-Rod lands?
I say the dodgers:
Scott Boras claims that A-Rod can add hundreds of millions of dollars to a franchise. Couldn’t A-Rod singlehandedly turn SNY into a billion-dollar empire the way he did with YES ?
My guess is Arod will stay with the Yankees. I know the Yankee brass has said they won’t negotiate with Arod if he opts out, but once Mike Lowell re-signs with the Red Sox (which I also think will happen), the Yanks will realize their best 3B options for 2008 are Wilson Betemit, Jeff Cirillo, Corey Koskie, and Morgan Ensberg, and that’s just not gonna cut it for them. They’ll swallow their pride (headline news in and of itself) and bring back Arod at 6 years for close to $200-mil. What other team can afford to throw that kind of money at Rodriguez?
I was wrong about Joe Torre, though, so who knows…