Okay, loaded question for all you Shaughnessy-Ryan-Ordway-Dennis-Callahan rump swabs (as they would say). It is Pedro, right?
He is making a very dumb move -- one I predicted he would not make. Ah, hell, I used the dime store crystal ball, not the one from the Waterford factory! Got what I deserved.
The Mets and New York fans are the Hydra and Pedro is going into hell. No question in my mind about it. This is a move for the money that he is almost certain to regret.
But, the asshole(s) are all of the above and every other loser who thinks they actually have a right to talk about Pedro's CHARACTER as they roast him out of town.
Folks, you can say whatever you want about his pitching, his record, his prima-donna behavior in the clubhouse and elsewhere, but, for me, that is where it stops. Jayson Stark's claims about what Pedro and his agent did and said are not even substantiated by anyone else, yet they have become gospel and fodder for the people who simply cannot emotionally separate themselves from the team or separate the player from the business.
IT IS A BUSINESS. The same behavior they decry in Pedro -- asking for everything and then some from the Sox and then turning their back on them to ask for more from the other suitor -- they would accept as BUSINESS anywhere else. And I assume that Stark is accurate when I say this.
I don't care why Pedro is gone. I just have a hard time looking at the Sox without him. For the last seven years, he was synonymous with the Red Sox for me, and I loved watching him, hearing about, reading about him pitching, perhaps more when he was vulnerable than when he was dominant. That's over. So be it.
The Mets fans won't ever get to appreciate Pedro the way the Sox fans did because we got him in his absolute prime and they will only see vulnerable Pedro for 1, 2, 3, or (really, do you believe it?) 4 more years. They bought him as a symbol and as a drawing card, kind of like Buffalo Bill dragging Sitting Bull out to his Wild West Show -- Sitting Bull was not the leader he was with the Lakota Sioux but people were still willing to pay to see him. In Pedro's case, their willingness to pay may well stop if he has a May 2005 like September 2004 and we all know how well Pedro will respond to the New York Roast's back page.
So, long winded rambling ends here. I will always think about the Red Sox as Pedro's team, even if he does not. Bye, Petey. Grow another layer of skin before Opening Day 2005, you are going to need it. Perhaps the money will help, but I doubt it.