To Live and Die in LA
Anyone remember that movie? Anyway, that’s essentially what Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino are doing today in regards to the Matsuzaka situation. This thing is coming to a head, and the intrigue is at a top shelf level right now.
Interesting how both sides vowed they wouldn’t say anything throughout the negotiations, but Boras felt the need to have a presser last night, and then the Red Sox — only naturally — felt compelled to give their side of the story.
I loved how John Henry spoke up last night — unprompted during the call — and basically called Boras out for not negotiating with the Red Sox during much of this process. Great to see the owner get fired up. It’s the first time he’s really done that since he blasted Arn Tellem for his version of the Nomar negotiations.
How much will it take to get this man in a Red Sox uniform? Is there an amount that would satisfy Scott Boras?
I wonder if Theo and Lucchino took some Japanese speaking lessons so they can give Matsuzaka some advice that Boras won’t interfere with. I’d love to be a fly on the wall during the negotiations.
Just remember, John W. Henry’s private jet leaves Southern California on Wednesday, and if Matsuzaka doesn’t take the flight home Theo and Larry, you’re talking about a very empty journey back East.
I have my annual holiday party tonight, so I’m turning over the Matsuzaka watch to my estimable colleague, Mr. Mike Petraglia, for the rest of the night. I’ll be back tomorrow.
Keep the faith,