1. Is Pedro done? Time to stick a fork in him? Petey says "No Worries," and insists that when the bell rings for real, he'll be there. Are you convinced? (I'm not.) Makes you wonder if this is the real reason J. Henry, Larry, and Theo have been stalling until they see a few starts before committing $30+ million? We'll see Sunday. Stay Tuned, Sports Fans. (Yeah, like you were planning to tune out.)
2. As the season starting gun nears (drove by Fenway tonight and all the lights were on! Cool!), it must be glaringly obvious that the Sox have signed exactly NONE of the Big Four yet, with Lowe's comments to the press indicating that he won't be signing anytime soon. We haven't heard much from Varitek, and the Nomar situation has been beaten to death. The lights are on but is Theo home? Maybe at the current salary level of $125M, Henry has said "Enough," and let's see if the market softens over the course of the '04 season. Could be.
3. Our site poll from fans gives the '05 heave-ho to Johnny Damon (45%) first, Lowe second (17%), Ortiz and Pedro tied at third (14%), and Nomar last as the Big Keeper at 3% (Varitek at 7% - a Keeper as well).
4. Nice way to start the season! The PawSox have a scheduled
Double Header - Saturday, April 10th at 12:05PM vs. Buffalo Bisons. Be there!!!
5. According to the Nashua Telegraph, Nashua City officials agreed to let the Nashua Pride sell the naming rights to Holman Stadium in an effort to help the team stay financially viable. The story notes that Nashua Alderman-at-Large Jim Tollner said the Pride will not remain in operation if the original lease agreement was not revised as earlier reported. The city's next payment on the nearly $4.4 million bond used to improve Holman stadium is $360,209 says the paper - an amount many times the Pride's projected rent payments for this year. The city is additionally responsible for maintenance at the stadium. The report adds that the Pride have about 74 events at the stadium each year, with Pride-related park maintenance expenses tallying $135,000 - or about $1,800 per game. As the Pride have been averaging about 1,800 per game, that's a buck a head, folks. In my experience, it is not like independent and tax-conscious New Hampshire taxpayers to be so generous with their money in support of a private enterprise.