New Red Sox Rocco Baldelli may be perpetually injured, but his uncanny resemblance to Brian Cashman could confuse Yankee pitchers. Or maybe him being the first Boston player to wear No. 5 since Nomar Garciaparra will do the trick!
Speaking of perpetually injured players, the fact that lifelong Brave John Smoltz is going to Boston is a genuine shocker to Atlanta fans. And Squawker Jon will be happy to hear that former Met Tom Glavine has weighed in on the subject:
“I think as an athlete that’s been somewhere for a long time, it’s always difficult emotionally when you don’t feel like you’re getting the respect you deserve from your team,” Glavine said. “When somebody else steps in and shows you the love, so to speak, you kind of get that feeling of ‘Why doesn’t my team that I’ve been with for so long show this same kind of appreciation?’"
Jon, I blame you for not showing Glavine enough love as a Met!
Baldelli and Smoltz are not the only two injury-prone players Boston has gone after this year. They also picked up a not-so-shiny penny in Brad Penny, as well as signing Takashi Saito, who was also injured last season.What's up with the Sox taking a chance on all these injured players? It's like the Yankees went shopping at Neiman-Marcus, while the Red Sox visited the Island of Misfit Toys. I'm just disappointed that Boston didn't add Carl Pavano to their toy chest.
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