I especially agree with #1 and #8 on the Deacon's list of trade ramifications. I think the Youk trade, the firing of Bob McClure, and the Dodgers trade were all part of a clear message that the Sox brass is behind Bobby V and he will be here in 2013 and beyond. Bobby V clashed with Youk - Youk was gone. Bobby V clashed with his pitching coach - the coach was gone. The players held a behind-his-back meeting to get Bobby V fired (supposedly led by Gonzo among others), and three of them are shipped off to the west coast. Bobby V seems to get what he wants out of these owners, who seem too stubborn to admit Bobby V may not have been the best hire.
I thought of #8 as well, that the Dodgers will probably play in the World Series this year. Right after the trade happened Adrian Gonzalez tweeted something along the lines of, "So excited! I can't wait to get back to the west coast! I hate the cold of the northeast, the shark-infested cluster**** that is the boston media, and that dumb*** of a manager!" (okay, I made that last part up, but the rest of the tweet was basically the same). I think AGon is going to have a massive remainder of 2012 and beyond in LA. He was meant to be on the west coast. All the sabermetrics in the world can't always forecast what will happen when a human being gets taken away from where he grew up and where he feels most comfortable.
Beckett having an F-U stretch drive back in the NL is such a sure thing, I wish they were taking bets on it at the Oxford Casino. I'd drive over and slap down a couple hundo this afternoon.
How's this for a prediction, again given how the 2012 season has gone for the Sox:
Joe Buck: ...and we're live for game 6 of the World Series here on Fox! Tonight Josh Beckett starts with the Dodgers' season on the line here in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are one win away from winning the world series, which makes me giddy with glee...and the man standing in his path is old rival Josh Beckett. That's right - tonight Red Sox fans will have to choose between rooting for Josh Beckett in a Dodgers uniform or the Yankees winning the championship! MUAHHAHAH! I LOVE THE YANKEES!!!
Tim McCarver: You know, the team that wins tonight will be the team that gets better pitching, unless the other team scores more runs.
Joe Buck: Right. Well the heart of the Dodgers lineup, Ramirez, Kemp, and Gonzalez, has been outstanding in this series, basically winning games 2 and 4 by themselves. But nobody has been better than Adrian Gonzalez. If the Dodgers find a way to win the World Series, Gonzalez will definitely be the World Series MVP....and if the Yankees win it, the captain, Derek Jeter, has been sublime as usual in this series. Excuse me while I wash his balls.
Tim McCarver: garble garble garble...when I played....garble garble garble.
Yes, I'm dreading watching playoff baseball this year already.