I remember October 2005, and I remember the reports Theo Epstein's contract was a "done deal" as well, and so it is with some trepidation I repeat here what I've heard elsewhere: it looks like the Mike Lowell Era will continue in Boston.
In the heady hot stove times we find ourselves in, particular when it comes to Mike Lowell, plenty of people have made plenty of probably good points about Lowell's age and performance track record (at which I still wonder why no one takes into account that during some of his "underperforming" years with the Marlins he either had, or was recovering from, FUCKING CANCER. CANCER OF THE TESTICLE, GUYS. Let's see how many of us would be able to play Major League Baseball in any form with cancer of the testicle on their mind).
But I think Lowell is important, not only because of his smooth glove or his solid bat, but because of all we've heard about his role as a bridge between Latin and Caucasian players in the clubhouse, and as a mentor to some of the young guys, in particular Pedroia. I think the Red Sox are a team with the money to deal with whatever the consequences might be of still having him at the age of 38, especially when they just resigned a 42-year-old starting pitcher. And most of all I am tired of the revolving door at our infield positions, and I'm tired of the thoughts we should tinker with what ain't broke. We won the World Series with this team this year, and the more of it that's in home whites for the ring ceremony next April, the better. Why screw with what works?
And then, of course, there's the emotional level, on which front I can only say that I am registering at least the same amount of relief. The idea of forsaking Lowell and picking up A-Rod for umpteen billion dollars a year had me envisioning wall-to-wall SOX ARE THE NEW YANKEES coverage beginning on ESPN approximately yesterday. Worse, I couldn't say I wouldn't have agreed.
These are amazing times to be a Sox fan, and they'd be amazing with or without Mike Lowell, or with or without any one player, really. But to learn Mike Lowell's probably staying and Barry Bonds is probably going to jail in the span of the same week?
God bless us everyone.