The 26th marked the 90th Anniversary of Babe Ruth’s trade to the Ney York Pinstripes. Now, though I’m sure we’re all pretty much ‘over it’, it is still a pretty important date in baseball history. Sure, it was the opening of a floodgate for Boston talent to the lowly Orioles / Highlanders / Yankees in part engineered by the President of the American League and shifted the center of the baseball universe… but hey, sh!t happens.
To read a bit more insight into the happenings of Red Sox Nation before and since ‘The Trade’, I
highly recommend Jerry Gutlon’s It Was Never About the Babe, an insightful and objective look at the managerial history of the Scarlett Hose from the origins of the American League to the breakdown of late 2008 with coverage of every owner, GM and superstar of note including all the dark, displeasurable, miserable stupidy which carried on behind the scenes. It doesn’t slam anyone, it isn’t filled with rumor and blah blah woulda’ shoulda’ coulda’. It includes interviews with office insiders, those around baseball and others generally in the know.
Another great read for any fan of the Nation is Mark Frost’s Game Six, an extremely detailed
journey into Game Six of the 1975 World Series, which is as we all know, regarded as the greatest WS game of all time. Duh. With interviews of… well everyone involved in the on-field / off-field / behind the scenes action and biographies of the players and managers involved. Seems like a long and drawn out affair, but really it rolls along quite nicely and is a great read. I’d easily recommend it for any serious member of The Nation or baseball fan who takes his history seriously.
Speaking of history….
Jason Bay has reportedly signed with the New York Metropolitans. Eh, he’s used to playing for a bumbling managerial staff who squanders talent to dissapoint a bandwagon fan
base while getting buried on the backpage.
I sure do love it when players sacrifice their talent and happiness for getting the ‘big’ payday.
That should mean Scott Boras is ringing the dinner bell for any suitors who wanna’ get serious about Matt Holliday. We’ve signed Cameron and the Yanks are supposedly looking to Jermain Dye, so the two biggest glutons at the buffet are out.. wink wink. So we’ll see what shakes loose.