*Following is from the current issue of Sports Illustrated*
"With the Aug. 31 waiver deadline approaching, Boston needs to be a seller. Catcher Victor Martinez is a free agent at the end of the year, and third baseman Adrian Beltre, holding a player option, is likely to become one. Both could help contenders desperate for offense. The development of Daniel Bard has also made All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon expendable."
Now, I don't know Joe Sheehan, the guy that wrote that. I'm sure he's a really nice guy who loves his family and pets his dog and waves hello to the little old lady who lives next door every morning. Being that he writes about it, I'm guessing he also loves the game of baseball.
But unless you've been living under a rock for the past 6 plus seasons you know that ONE thing this club doesn't do is quit. Ever since that bloody sock made it's appearance, this club doesn't fold up, give in, or ever utter "No Mas".
Down 0-3 to New York? No problem. Lose Pedie? We've got Bill Hall. Youk gone for the year? We'll put Mikey Lowell and his 98 year old hip over there and gut it out.
They are 4 games back of the wild card, have Papi and Drew and Beckett and Lester and more pride than anyone can imagine. I'd like to ask Joe Sheehan to go ask anyone in that clubhouse if they are ready to give up.
I'm fairly certain he'd get an atomic wedgie as his answer.
My name's Ted.
And until Terry Francona tells me otherwise?
The World Series is ours to lose.