Carl Steward of the Oakland Tribune proposes trading Barry Zito to Boston.
"The Red Sox aren't going to repeat with a playoff rotation of Matt Clement, Bronson Arroyo and Tim Wakefield," he writes. "The way Baltimore and Chicago are playing - and of course, the inevitable, infernal Yankees - they might not make the postseason to try. Keep in touch, Beantown. Oakland might be able to help."
Speaking of Oakland, let's clarify some things from earlier this week. After receiving hundreds of angry e-mails from A's fans, let me point out that I am a fan of the Moneyball thought process, think that Billy Beane has done a tremendous job in Oakland (How could you not? Only a fool would think otherwise), and yes, I did in fact read Michael Lewis' best seller. However, my problem is the deity Beane has become from his zombie followers. I got to know many of them well this week:
Your article on the A's may be the most ignorant, uninsightful article I have ever read.
Joao Pedro Dias
In 2007 when the A's are World Series champs will you still be so outspoken?
And, ahem, might I remind you that YOUR curse-busting Red Sox are a Moneyball team, whose GM is a Beane disciple? Or would that completely fie on your anti-intellectual, reactionary parade
Steven L. Stites
I shouldn't be surprised though. You are after all from Boston - the last Confederate stronghold of racial exclusion in baseball and the capital of myopic world views in and out of sports. The only explosion you heard was not that of Beane's alleged failed trades, it was the idiot ball clanging in your head.
As much as all A's fans would love to see Oakland go the way of the Red Sux (Yankees lite: all of the payroll, none of the class) it just isn't in the cards.
Eat s*&% and die,
Mr Wilbur, Nice article. I agree whole-heartedly in reference to Crummyball. Being a lifelong A's fan, and having watched the praise laid on Beane for the last several years has been infuriating.
Good timing and luck were the two principal components to the A's nice 6 year run. The media made Beane into something he wasn't. It all started when Beane did make a couple of nice deals during the 99 season. The media ate that up. Looking at the greater picture you see a GM that chose Ariel Prieto over Todd Helton. Signed Eric Chavez over Tejada. Traded one of the games best starting pitchers in Hudson for zero value. Signed Jermaine Dye to a huge contract. You also see a GM that manages by proxy through a follow all orders manager.
Scott Smith, Sausalito California.
Thank you. I admire the fantastic job Beane has done, but pardon me if I have some question with some of the moves he has made. I hope the disciples are OK with me saying that. If not, they'll let me know, and then go back to drinking the green and yellow Kool-Aid by the gallon.