Friday, September 20, 2013

Red Sox Poised For First Division Flag Since '07

Blue Jay Way
What better opponent to clinch the division against than the Toronto Blue Jays—they of the 70 wins and last place in the American League East? They are 2013's 'Team OverHype', picked by many to be at the top of the division. They are the 'Anti-BenCher' front office—doing a reverse salary dump with the Miami Marlins that netted them over-paid, under-performing and injury-prone players like Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, and Josh Johnson. The Blue Jays are bucking the trend toward shorter-term, fiscally-responsible contracts and they are paying the price. Celebrating a Division title against them will be an affirmation of Boston's 'Three B's' off-season plan: brevity (of contracts) bean-counting (on fiscal issues) and beards (self-evident).