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Lofunzo wrote: That said, I will say this. The Sox stepped in sh*t last year with all of their cheap signings (Millar, Mueller, Ortiz, etc.). I would be surprised if they all had career years again like this past year.
Lofunzo wrote:I am an objective fan and it alarms me (as a Yanks' fan) that the Sox signed Schilling. That said, I will say this. The Sox stepped in sh*t last year with all of their cheap signings (Millar, Mueller, Ortiz, etc.). I would be surprised if they all had career years again like this past year.
The only other thing that I agree with is that, no matter what anyone else says, until proven wrong, the Yanks and Braves have to be considered to favorities in their divisions.
matrick wrote:What do you mean the balance of power can not shift in the off season? Are you telling me the Florida Marlins were the favorites to win the world series starting the 1998 season?
PresHabib wrote:Steve, Pedro and Schilling for the record were acquired in trades so its not like we went out and got them cuz Luchino and Henry (and duquette) have/had a huge wallet. IF they sign Foulke, that will be the only big FA signing they make this offseason. Maybe they'll sign a Fernando Vina, but in no way do I consider him a big impact player so guys like that don't really count. I hardly think that Boston fans liking our chances for the WS due to one trade and one SPECULATED FA signing turns us into instant hypocrites.
Signing both Colon and Sheffield though plays right into the hands of every FA argument anybody ever makes. Notice I leave out Pettitte though, I wouldn't count him as a FA signing cuz he is already a Yankee.
Before you find some reason to call me a Red Sox loving idiot for believing in a team that is cursed or a hypocrite anything negative like that, as you have a pention for doing, I will say something in your favor in terms of FA signings. You posted a while back something about the Yankees paying alot of money to keep the guys who are already Yankees in pinstripes, i.e. Posada, Bernie, Jeter rather than bringing in all the FA's and I thought that was a really good point. I can't say that they don't go out after every FA out there or whatever, but at least they are not A) the 97 marlins or B) the LA Lakers. I just want to distinguish myself from people who insist that the only reason the Yankees win is FA signings and money...of course it plays a part but I don't think its the only reason.
PresHabib wrote: also want to say that New York is the team to beat until they lose, of course, but I must say, thinking they will totally dominate the Sox and walk all over them, so much so that Boston finishes last (ridiculous) and having your only justification for that being "the curse" is outragous.
Madison wrote:I do not see the advantage to the Yankees right now. The Sox have the advantage in my opinion. I expect the Sox to sign Foulke, and I expect the Yanks to sign Sheff/Colon/Pettitte. If those things happen, and that's what it looks like, I call it a draw going into the season. Now if the Yankees add another big starter, the advantage might go back to the Yankees in my opinion.
DK wrote:Lofunzo wrote: That said, I will say this. The Sox stepped in sh*t last year with all of their cheap signings (Millar, Mueller, Ortiz, etc.). I would be surprised if they all had career years again like this past year.
I both agree and disagree with you. Millar, Mueller, and Ortiz had great years. I think Millar will get better, and it's hard to discredit the AL batting champion just like that. Ortiz, however, I think will slow down a bit.
I see the Sox in favor, if that damned curse doesn't do them in.
HOOTIE wrote:True, no matter what happens in off season, NY is the team to beat, at least in al. I will say, the Braves lost imo, their most important player. The wind just got taken out of those southern sails.
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