The Red Sox = Bud Fox

There’s a great moment in Wall Street when Hal Holbrook takes Charlie Sheen aside right before Sheen is going to be arrested.

He says to Charlie…

Man looks into the Abyss, and there’s nothin’ staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character, and that’s what keeps him out of the Abyss.

That’s what the Red Sox are facing right now.
Not insider trading charges… that moment where they need to look into the abyss and find their character.
Do they fold or do they make a charge into the playoffs?
Yeah I know, I’ve seen them win the World Series twice this decade.
But I am greedy… and as Wall Street told us… greed is good!

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One Ace In… One Ace Out

The same day Stephen Strasburg begins his professional life is the same day John Smoltz got cut by the Red Sox.

The symmetry is kind of startling.
One can hope for Strasburg’s sake he has half the career of John Smoltz, who was as great a big game pitcher as I have ever seen. One of the few people to clinch a post season series as a starter (he threw series clinching complete games twice) and as a closer (where he was ironically the bullpen stopper Bobby Cox needed so desperately in the glory days.)
He’s a Hall of Famer and sadly his career might have ended as a member of the Red sox while getting shelled on the mound at Yankee Stadium.
And in a way there is something to be said about that too. If this is indeed the end, then he deserves a long standing ovation and he must know that he is out of gas.
Why did he have to find out during a Red Sox/Yankee series?
Study the Smoltz tapes well Strasburg. If you emulate him, then it will be money well spent!

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Man this economy is rough

Stephen Strasburg was supposed to get $50 mil… and had to settle for a lousy $15 million.
I guess these days everyone needs to tighten their belts.
Maybe if he actually throws a professional pitch (as he is currently tied with Betty White in every statistical category) he can earn that extra $35 million.
Tough times…

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