I was tooling around ESPN during lunch today, and I have stumbled upon a couple of stories that make me go "hmm", and "uh-oh".
(FYI on card...why in the heck in Bay wearing Pirate gear in a 2009 Sweet Spot product? That is just plain lazy).
Firstly, it has been reported that Red Sox LF Jason Bay has turned down the Red Sox first offer on a new contract. Theo Epstein downplays it that that anybody who has gotten to that point would do the same and see what the market has to offer.
The "uh-oh" feeling comes with the memory of another player that did exactly the same thing...Johnny Damon. It was almost a foregone conclusion that Mr. Damon was going to sign a long-term contract with the Red Sox because he LOVED Boston, and Boston loved him, and his caveman appearance and his remarkable hitting and speed. Everybody knows what happened next. Of course without Damon leaving Boston would probably not have developed local hero and baby boy JD namesake Jacoby Ellsbury. Funny how things work out.
Bay has been reported as saying that he has "loved his experience in Boston".
I am just sayin'...in Theo I trust, but lets face it, he has taken a bit of a beating over the last couple years over lost opportunities. Who knows, maybe there is another LF that would be a good fit, but I swear, I dread opening up the newspaper and seeing a headline about Bay "surprisingly" signing with another club. Same thing happened last year when it was all but certain that "Teix" was coming to Boston. Its just a feeling.
I also read about Stephen Stratsburg being scratched from a fall league championship game due to a tweaked knee. Uh-oh. Of course the Nats downplay it as "not a serious injury" but I am just sayin', knees are just as important to pitchers as arms, and especially after all the ballyhooed (SP?) negotiations and autograph scrambles over the summer, you just gotta wonder whether the Nats might be cursed.