Not since Howard Cosell left this world has anyone been so willing to tell it like it is. The late Cosell would have admired the “crawl” across the bottom of the screen on ESPN Tuesday morning. THE LEAD- “Real Madrid acquires Kaka in record deal”. It usually takes a while for a transaction to be deemed either a boom or a bust. Real Madrid admits right off the bat that the guy they signed for more than a 94 million dollar posting deal is Kaka. I don’t like soccer, it bores me. I can’t even watch a highlight on the news. I just don’t care. They have my respect, now though, they signed a guy and he is Kaka. There have been other horrible deals but at the time, I’m sure that both sides were thinking they got the better end of things. I’m positive that when Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold George Herman Ruth to the Yankees to finance the Broadway production of “No No Nanette”, he thought he was on target. He changed the course of baseball history. To my knowledge, Frazee never admitted the deal was the most collossal pile of all time. There have been other deals that make you cringe when you look back at them. Most recently, the Red Sox got Kaka when they sent David Murphy and Kason Gabbard to Texas for Eric Gagne. “Poop” might best describe the trade that sent future MVP Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros for aging Larry Andersen. When the Red Sox sent “Bags” to the ‘stros, Peter Gammons knew that “the Red Sox traded away a future batting champion”. Boston isn’t ALWAYS on the short end of the deal. In 1997, The Mariners must have been in a coma when they sent Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe to the Red Sox for reliever Heathcliff Slocumb. The M’s would have been better off at that point with Heathcliff Huxtable as their closer. You want to talk about “doody”? How about the Tigers sending future Hall of Famer John Smoltz to Atlanta for Doyle Alexander? How’d that one work out for ya? Before today’s ESPN revelation about Kaka, my previous favorite trade analysis came from Charley Steiner, the former ESPN anchor. In 1994, when the Brewers traded the over the hill Tom Brunansky to the Red Sox for catcher Dave Valle, Steiner summed it up best- “Both teams got gypped.” I don’t know about you, but I’d be prretty steamed if my team signed Kaka and then bragged about it. What? Oh, yeah? Kaka is really a 27 year old Brazilian? Huh? Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite??? A nickname???Oh my bad! Never mind. How long before some disgruntled Real Madrid fan holds up a sign that seems to me inevitable? “Kaka Stinks!!!”
It was fun to hear PawSox hitting coach Russ Morman reminisce about his days as a basketball star as a high schooler in Missouri. Morman was a McDonald’s All- America and entertained scholarship offers from schools like Notre Dame before deciding to focus on baseball.
If anyone finds the PawSox offense, please send it back to McCoy. Tell it I miss it. We all do.