Dan is tired. You have to give him some slack. After not working for a week he has been asked to write two columns for the baseball preview that must have taken him 30, 45 minutes in the library. And he has been writing about this long trip the Red Sox are on.
How do we know it is a long trip? Dan tells us every chance he gets.
"Tokyo is the first stop on an 18-day, three-country, 16,000-mile road trip"
"The 18-day, three-country, 31,000-mile sojourn"
(I don't know what happened to those 15,000 miles either.)
And Dan isn't done recycling material.
"closer Jonathan Papelbon was clocked at 151 (kilometers per hour)."
"Papelbon topped out at 151 k.p.h."
"there have been no Mike Mussina-esque complaints"
"I know Mike Mussina is still trying to recover from his 2004 trip to Japan"
"there are guys in New York (hello, Mike Mussina) still complaining about the Yankees' trip to Japan in 2004."
The rest of the column is similar laziness. "Matsuzaka cost a lot of money", lots of bland pronouncements about repeating. Stuff that really gets the fan excited about the upcoming season.
So, once again, the Boston Globe, in the face of declining circulation, has the lazy hack write one of the most important sports columns of the year instead of the much more talented and hard working Bob Ryan. A giant FU to the readers. That is a great business model. As the Tracing Grimace would say, "How's that working out for you?"