Airport Wireless, nice.
Sitting in the Logan Airport waiting on a flight to San Francisco. Speaing tomorrow at the Dow Jones-sponsored Consumer Technology Innovations conference in Redwood City, then a few meetings and back tomorrow night.
You can check it out at http://consumertechnologyinnovations.dowjones.com/
Always interesting to be in front of and among the money/brains behind and inside the tech world. I’m also amazed at how much of the world I live in translates to the real world of business from a leadership standpoint.
Spent this morning with Jon Lester, Manny Del Carmen, Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Michael Bowden, Caleb Clay. We got together this morning to go over where we are, and where we need to go as pitchers and a staff for the upcoming season. I think that the average age, were it not for my presence, was about 11…..
The kids look good and it’s nice to see that at this stage of their career they realize that the season is made during these months. You can and usually do shed pounds over the first month of camp, but you cannot make up the days lost with your shoulder and arm.
I know many of them are working out at either the Arizona or new Florida API clinics. That bodes well for any of them doing so.
Spent last night at the premiere of the 2007 World Series Video release. Unfortunately someone forgot to get me the clothing memo. So I showed up looking like I had just finished cutting wood, with everyone else in suit and tie. I guess the Red Carpet should have been a tip off….
Here’s a question. The Santana sweepstakes appear to be on. If you think your team is in it, what player, to you the fan, makes the deal “not worth the price”. Book the fact that you need to give up at LEAST 2 ML ready young studs, or 1 and a close to ready young superstar. What player would make you say “Nope, can’t do it.”
I am not sure where I’d draw the line at getting one of the 3 best pitchers in the game. Beckett, Santana, Dice K? Who matches up 1-3 with that? But the price, contract wise, beyond the players, has to be a factor and I would guess severely limits the size of the potential suitors list if any of the rumors are true. Contract rumors get floated for two reasons in my opinion.
1) Agent wanting to get their numbers out there to allow the field to get narrowed down and force a starting point on teams without talking to them. Also a great way to gauge where they might truly be interest wise with what they thought they might ask for.
2) Teams needing an excuse to not go after a guy by stating a hugely inflated request. True or false teams will say “That’s what we were told, and at that price we weren’t interested”. All the while knowing that if the real price was out there they’d get crucified for not taking part in the bidding war.