I can hear the keyboard keys clacking in outrage already, but bear with me:
First, the Sox need at least THREE AL East ready starters: the 4, 5 and insurance /injury / # 6 . Lots of discussion already on the possibilities available this year; pay 14 mil for a decent #4 ( a CJ Wilson, say ) , move an ace bullpen guy ( Bard or Aceves ) to the rotation and weaken the pen, pick up a long shot free agent, trade what’s left of the PawSox and Sea Dogs for a no guarantees guy, etc etc etc. and that still only maybe gets you two guys and not the three needed. Plus a closer and a right fielder , but let’s not go there for now.
We already have a tested AL East starter for , what, 2 mil ?, on the roster. Wake gets the #5 slot the first half of the season, and if he tanks, we have Dice –K ( maybe) coming back. Money saved goes to another starter, a closer, a right fielder, Heidi’s replacement , take your pick.
And in the less tangible, less quantifiable reasons: The Red Sox are a team all about history. A hundred year old ballpark. 5 generations of memories passed down and along. Watching Williams to Yaz to Rice to Manny to now Carl;…Lomborg to Lee to Tiant to Pedro and Curt …
One of this generations memories could be a chance to see the All Time Wins, Pitcher, Boston Red Sox happen in front of our eyes. Not all time Seattle, not all time Arizona, not all time Kansas City, but All Time Boston Bloody Red Sox, and just as added sweetness, knocking Roger out of history to the also ran status he has earned.
And finally, yes, we the fans and the Red Sox owe him. A man who is the very antithesis of the spoiled rotten ego driven millionaire. The man who gives not only on the mound, but endlessly off the field. We all owe him a chance at that record.
Questions, comments, funny remarks?