See, when we Red Sox fans chanted "Re-sign Lowell" from, oh, the end of World Series game 4 in Colorado through the return home from Colorado and the ensuing victory parade and at every Red Sox appearance or event in between, what we meant was, if he wants a fourth year, give him a fourth year.
What we meant was, "don't let him test the open market where the Yankees are waiting with a Publisher's Clearinghouse-size check."
What we meant was, "keep him on our team, even if it's relatively fiscally unpleasant."
What we meant was, "we know A-Rod's available, and we'd rather have Lowell."
Apparently, however, that message didn't get through. Or it did, but it didn't matter.
All I can say to that is, Theo and Co. better have incredibly strong convictions about this decision, because something tells me they're going to be hearing some different chants next year.