Shortly after Theo Epstein met with reporters tonight, an agent walking the hall of the Bellagio resort and casino gave the Red Sox a supreme compliment.
"They explore everything,'' said the agent.
Including a name that should be familiar to all Sox fans for obvious reasons: Andy Pettitte.
I thought Andy looked positively revolting in the Astros' maroon, but the thought of him wearing a Red Sox uniform is enough to make me turn red - with anger! Pettitte going to Boston simply cannot happen.
Andy was going to be dead to me - again - anyway if he spurned a reasonable offer from the Yanks to go elsewhere on the table to go elsewhere (and yes, given the Mitchell Report, Pettitte's lousy second half, and the current economic climate, I think a $10 million opening offer is reasonable), but the thought of him going to Boston would really kill me. Can he be doubly dead to me? Is that possible?
Maybe Pettitte has earned enough points among some Yankee fans that he could ultimately be unscathed by his time in Boston, the way David Cone was. But this squawker would never forgive Andy for such a betrayal.
I know Boston wooed Andy the last time around, and he turned them down, saying he couldn't do that to his old team. I hope Pettitte still has that same mindset.
Yankee fans, how would you feel about Andy going to Boston? And Red Sox fans, would you embrace Pettitte in Beantown? Tell us what you think!