A big day in the Boston sports world. Lots of trades, and a bit of excitement for the fans.
First off, the Boston Celtics. They finally landed Kevin Garnett, aka “The Big Ticket.” He joins long suffering Celtic Paul Pierce, and the newly acquired Ray Allen. Danny Ainge for once manages to make the big deal. KG adds a lot to the Celtics, especially in the low post positions. Even so, I’m a bit hesitant because of what the C’s had to give up to get KG. What will be a total of 7 players, 5 current (including Al Jefferson), and two first round draft picks. While this all looks great on paper, only once the season is over will we be able to make a proper determination.
Meanwhile, over in the Fens, one Theo Epstein was busy running up his various phone bills. With the way rumors and information was flying today (I watched the ESPN coverage), I would venture to say that no stone was left unturned. I was surprised that the Sox landed Eric Gagne, with his no-trade to Boston clause (which he waived). I was also surprised that the Sox weren’t able to complete a deal for Jermaine Dye, more so as they got Gagne, which makes DelCarmen expendable. And with Joel Piniero gone, a roster spot shouldn’t have been a problem, though playing time may have.
Some will wonder why the Sox didn’t go for another starting pitcher, more so with Kason Gabbard being traded to Texas. Well, they don’t need one really. Lester is back and pitching well. Schilling is looking outstanding in his rehab starts, and says he’s feeling the best he has in years. And there’s still Beckett, Wakefield, and Tavarez could be recalled from the pen. No, the acquisition of Gagne should turn just about every game into a 6 inning affair, much like those Yankee teams of the mid 90’s, when they had Rivera in the set up role with Nelson and Wettland.
So, here’s to a fun year in Beantown. Between the Red Sox, Patriots (Randy Moss being nice?), Celtics (depth is the question), there’s a lot to be excited about. Now they just need Harry Sinden to return to the Bruins.