First off I’d like to offer our deepest sympathies to the Trias family in Phoenix. Michael passed away yesterday of ALS. He was an incredible man who will be deeply missed.
I spent yesterday at Fenway catching up with most of the guys and having the honor and privelage to re-connect with some friends from Dana Farber and help out the EEI folks with the Jimmy Fund. Sat in on a panel with Ray Borque and Glenn Davis talking about playing here and winning, it was a lot of fun and there were some great questions.
The team looks fantastic and the change inside that clubhouse is palpable and tangible (if those two can go together?). Health and the Angels are the only two things I think can stop these guys from bringing home a world series title. I won’t discount Tampa, or any of the other AL teams but if this team stays healthy I’d have trouble seeing someone stop them come October.
Figuring whomever they match up with in round 1 they are up 1-0, because when the calendar turns you can toss the prior 6 months out and I’ll take Beckett over anyone short of Bob Gibson in October. Then I have zero issues with thinking it’s going to take some stud and a great game to beat Jon Lester in game 2. Should be interesting but I like these guys chances if they can stay healthy.
As for me, well my shoulder is getting better fast. Range of motion is improving greatly and pain is becoming less and less an issue. I’ve still got a rather lengthy amount of time before I decide anything.
My first thoughts a few weeks ago were that maybe I’d work to get healthy and shoot to try and make the WBC team, but I just don’t think that’s in the cards. Next I started thinking about the original plan of pitching the 2nd half of next season. Thing is, that urgency just is not there. I miss some things I didn’t think I would, and don’t miss many things I expected too.
As I stated yesterday the pendulum is swinging very heavily in the direction of it just being over. I’ve never sat around and not gotten ready to head to Florida, well not in 23 or so years anyway, so to me that will likely be the last real test for me and whether or not I want to put the time and effort into getting after it one more time.