10 January 2009

What's a Southern Baseball guy to do?

Of course, I'm a Red Sox man and still hope that Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, and A.J. Burnett choke on their Yankee dollars, but there is some good news. The Red Sox have officially signed veteran right hander Brad Penny to a one year contract. However, the bigger news in the South is that John Smoltz has signed his offer sheet from the Red Sox. Add to the fact that Dodger reliever Takashi Saito has also signed with Boston, makes clear that the Red Sox have no intention of letting the Yankee greenbacks eliminate them before the season has started.

Back to John Smoltz. His name is standard fare in the South. This is a big deal in southern baseball circles. With Tom Glavine the only remaining core pitcher from the World Series team, times are changing in Atlanta. John will come to Boston knowing that he will have a lot of work to do in order to come back from surgery. Smoltz is not expected to pitch until around the first of June.

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