The CHB takes a break from flip-flopping on the NFL to weigh in on the 2013 baseball season. Never mind that this is still 2012, but what the hey!
And yes, per usual, Shank trots out all the tired history of the Red Sox' last-place finishes. Must be exhausting spending all that time cutting and pasting from Wikipedia each day.
And then the CHB lays into the acquisitions. While he can't quite call the Sox cheap, the implication is clear. What Mr. Wikihistory can't seem to recall, however, is how similar the Red Sox of 2013 are starting to look to the Red Sox of 2003. Kevin Millar was a Marlins reject who we stole from Japan. The Opening Day DH was the "other" Giambi. The immortal Todd Walker was at second. Trot Nixon was coming off a down year where he hit just .256. Bill Mueller was a Cubs castoff who had his .262 in the weaker league the year before. And some slob columnist was calling new pickup David Ortiz a "giant sack of you-know-what" before he had even stepped on the field.
So once more, we recap Shank's less-than-brilliant Sox forecasts:
- Like in 2003, when he wrote the Red Sox will win the World Series. (They didn't.)
- And in July 2004, when he wrote the Red Sox won't win the World Series. (They did.)
- And in September 2009, when he wrote "It feels like the Red Sox are going to the World Series." (They didn't.)
- And in September 2011, when he wrote "It is not 1978. (It was.)
That team made it to the seventh game of the ALCS, and then won the whole shebang the next year.