Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Don't You Take My Johnny Away

I'm thinking like a Red Sox fan here: I can handle the loss of Pedro (though our pitching staff could have used him) and I can handle the loss of Nomar (who didn't seem happy in Boston anymore), but please, Theo Epstein: Don't trade Johnny. Even Johnny doesn't want to go.

And it's not only that Veronica Mars* says he's her favorite player "because he's just so pretty." Well, yes. But technically, Varitek is prettier. It's that he's Johnny. It's his joie de vivre, his "I'm an idiot" thing, his optimism in the face of a three-run deficit. He even has a .300-plus batting average, for goodness's sake. We're talking mad skills. Plus he's so pretty.

Please Theo--don't make change for change's sake. You will have a lot of unhappy fans out there. I'm sure you'll make plenty of other changes anyway. You just don't have to make this one.

*That's the title character from UPN's Veronica Mars, the best show you're not watching. Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Yes, that's opposite Lost. Tape/TiVo one and watch one, okay? Or watch the Lost reruns on Saturday nights. That'll work, too.


Blogger David said...

I too would hate to see Damon go.

...but I might be able to bear it if Ramírez weren't also traded. With the two of them gone, there won't hardly be any fun players left. (Wakefield, Veritek and Nixon are all great Red Sox, but they aren't particularly fun).

Ortiz is fun, but I think he'll be less so if he loses his good friend Manny.

I fear it won't be nearly as enjoyable cheering on the Red Sox next year.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

I fear that you're right--I'm just trying to maintain a Johnny-like optimism until the end.

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Russell Woolard said...

Be careful. I thought I saw Steinbrenner lurking around in the bushes with a checkbook in his hand.

By any chance, is Theo looking to finance a revival of "No No Nanette"?

10:32 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

That's a myth, you know--the Broadway show thing. But I like it so much, I think I'll keep promoting it anyway :-)

12:24 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I'm ALL about Jason Varitek.... :) But, there is NO ONE better as a lead off hitter than Johnny Damon. No one. And honestly, if Manny goes - I don't know that Johnny will be far behind. I'm not at all looking forward to next year's lineup because at the rate the rumor mill is cranking, we'll have no pitching AND no hitting.

11:07 AM  

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