The first thing I do in the morning on a daily basis is scour the net for any interesting information about the Red Sox. I check out several blogs and all of the newspapers in the area to see what I missed overnight. Over the past few weeks, Jason Bay and his health has been the primary topic of conversation. Am I the only one who doesn’t give a crap about Bay’s health anymore? It’s the Met’s problem now.
At this time in the off-season, just under a month until we can all watch live baseball again, I understand there are fewer and fewer topics to talk about in the media and blogosphere. I can appreciate people’s interest in figuring out why Bay claimed to want to stay in Boston, yet took a trip down interstate 95 to New York, but this story really gained some legs (no pun intended, well, maybe a little intention). Every time I saw a headline about Bay’s knees or shoulder over this past week I tried hard to ignore it, but the Bay interview with WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford just kept surfacing.
Here are my two cents about the situation since I can’t keep quiet anymore. I trust Dr. Thomas Gill, the Red Sox Medical Director. If Bay really felt he had no health issues, and the Sox felt there were a few issues to address, then I am glad Bay moved on so his potential health issues can be someone else’s problem. The Sox already have a outfielder who sits out every 1/3 game with vertigo or a stubbed toe in J.D. Drew, they can’t afford the risk of having 2/3 of the outfield sitting on the bench.
If the Met’s really didn’t find any medical issues, they either have incompetent doctor’s, or they are covering up any prior health issues to justify the Bay signing. For a team that had 238745 injuries last season, I hope this doesn’t backfire in GM Omar Minaya’s face. I wish Bay luck in the gigantic Citi Field, but am not sure it was a smart career move for him. It will be harder to hit homeruns and he will have 160 miles of outfield to cover on a nightly basis, but that is no longer my issue or concern.
Now that I finally commented on the situation, can we all just move on? It is now time to look forward to the 2010 season with excitement and anticipation. The Sox have a revamped defense and an entirely new left side of the infield as well as an improved and deep starting rotation. The attention should be on who is with the club and what the AL East landscape will look like with the plethora of moves each team made this off-season. I can’t wait for February 18th when we can all finally turn our full attention to the season ahead.