Thats right. It wasn’t because he thought that the Sox would give him the best chance to win and resurrect the kind of career that would have meant fat Yankee money had he not spent last season injured, making only 17 starts, going 6-9 and having an ERA above 6. It was because he wanted to screw with super hot chick and native Red Sox fan Eliza Dushku, who he used to date. This way she’ll be forced to root for him every fifth day. Imagine how her new boyfriend (some assclown who is not on the Sox) is going to feel when she is sitting next to the dugout, wearing Penny’s jersey (I’d make sure to have one sent over to her) and cheering for the guy who used to do her.
On the other side of the deal is that it is a smart one for the Sox. Penny signed a 1 year $5 million deal that can go up to $8 million with incentives. Before mechanical issues and injuries limited the righthander last season, he had posted two consecutive seasons of 16 wins and was seen to many to be the ace of the Dodgers staff. If he can round back into that kind of form (Farrell is a wizard), he will definitely be the best fifth starter in the majors. I also like it because he was yet another member of the ’03 Marlins and has great experience beating the Yanks when it counts (how is Sabathia’s record against the Sox again?).
The other deal that the Sox signed this week brings back an old friend who’s departure brought about a police escort two years ago. Josh Bard had trouble with the knuckler and had to be shipped out of town early in the lost season of ’06 to usher back in the magic that was Doug Mirabelli. Now he returns as a decent pressure point for Varitek (where are the other options for him again?) and also a guy who can fill the back up role if Theo refuses to give up Buchholz for my friend Salty (reports are that that is what it would take). This one is a safe bet, but an unspectacular one, on a guy who had two pretty good years before last season. He has little power, 9HR/51 RBI career highs, but hit .338 after leaving town in ’06 and .285 in ’07 before crapping the bed worse than Varitek last season (.202). It will continue to be interesting to see how the catcher position plays out. (Make the F@#$ing deal Theo, we want Salty)
Congrats to Jonathan, Ashley and the Rest of the Papelbon clan on welcoming Parker Alice into the world. May you all have happiness, health and the closer on diaper duty in the new year. Also to Matty Ice and Jerod Mayo on winning the Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards (respectively).
The last note on a snowy New Years Eve: The Bronco’s fired Mike Shanahan yesterday after 13 centuries of him in the organization (21 years). The response from a shocked MN Preacher (he’s from Denver, just does his professional Jesus loving in Minnesota) was that this was a very ballsy but good call from Pat Bowlen. I’m just sure going to enjoy seeing Mangini effing up Denver’s team next year.
Bruins win ninth straight.