Back in October of 2009, I wrote right here and said on the air that I hoped the Yankees would win the World Series against the Phillies.
I got clobbered by people who couldn’t believe a Baltimore guy would stoop to such a low level.
I had my reasons for doing it, and it looks like I might have been right.
And, for those same reasons, still, I’m happy the Red Sox won the World Series last night.
Really, I am.
I’m happy the Red Sox won because their success might light a fire under the Orioles front office this winter, in the same way the Yankees winning in 2009 might have been the kick-starter for Peter Angelos waking up and realizing that trotting out inferior managers like Perlozzo and Trembley wasn’t going to cut it. Five months into the 2010 season, Buck Showalter arrived on the scene at Camden Yards and things haven’t been the same – in a good way – since that move.
I’m happy for the Red Sox and I’m glad they won.
They’re an organization that TRIES to win. Their fans…yeah, they might be jerks, but the football fans in Charm City aren’t exactly gold medal “good winners” either. The Red Sox, though, understand the same concept the Yankees employ: “We owe it to our fans to be a champion.”
It’s been 30 years since the Orioles played in the World Series and nearly 20 years since the team advanced to the A.L. Championship Series.
I’m all for anything that gets Peter Angelos and Dan Duquette to say, “Enough is enough. We’re tired of seeing New York and Boston win.”
Does seeing the Red Sox win bother those two enough?
My guess is probably not.
Which, of course, explains why the club has never been to the World Series in the Peter Angelos era of ownership.
Two vested veterans like Huff and Spears getting cut is a very telling statement from the Ravens.
They’re basically saying, “Neither of those players could have helped us for the remainder of the season.”
Quite an admission.
And, a rare swing and miss from Ozzie Newsome. Make that TWO swings — and TWO misses.
A few people e-mailed me on Wednesday after the news of Huff and Spears getting the boot was made public and once again tried to pigeon-hole a player move into why the Ravens should have kept Anquan Boldin instead of signing those two players.
Let me, I promise, try and educate you all on this one final time.
Anquan Boldin was due to make $6 million this season with the Ravens.
In the Ravens opinion, he wasn’t a $6 million football player anymore.
So, in their estimation, he was worth $4 million and they asked him to play for that.
He said “no”. The Ravens said, “Well, we don’t think you’re worth $6 million, so we’ll have to part company.”
And that’s that.
The Ravens DID use the money they saved by trading Boldin on other players, yes, but they were going to go out and get football players in the off-season whether or not Anquan Boldin was retained or not.
If Anquan Boldin would have agreed to play for $4 million, he’d be in Baltimore. Instead, he’s making $6 million in San Francisco, which is what he wanted.
The Ravens wanted Boldin, too. But, they didn’t think he was a $6 million football player anymore.
Were they wrong on that estimation? I’d say based on his overall performance in San Francisco this season, probably not. That said, with Dennis Pitta on the sidelines in Baltimore, Boldin would have been a welcome sight here over the last seven weeks of the 2013 season.
Without money being a consideration, if you asked me “would you rather the Ravens HAVE Boldin on their team or NOT HAVE him on their team?”, I’d absolutely say, “Have…”
Only problem? Money is always a consideration in the NFL. It’s the driving force behind the structural formula that gives each franchise hope every March.
We must also keep this in mind anytime we’re discussing a player in one city vs. another city: Nothing is ever the same. These aren’t pieces of a puzzle that fit in next to one another. What Boldin does in San Francisco can’t just be cookie-cuttered into “look at what he would have done in Baltimore for us…” It just doesn’t work that way. For all we know, Boldin might have torn his ACL in week two against the Browns if, in fact, he played for the Ravens this season.
People who don’t know sports like to generalize and say stuff like, “Look at what Boldin is doing in San Francisco. He’d be doing the same thing here for us if Ozzie wouldn’t have let him go.”
Maybe. Maybe not. He might be doing worse. Or, he might be doing better.
The Ravens – in their expert opinion – felt like Anquan Boldin wasn’t worth $6 million anymore and he wasn’t going to be worth it even if they didn’t sign Marcus Spears or Michael Huff.
Now — pay attention here: If you want to beat up the Ravens for signing a couple of stiffs, that’s where you should point your angry finger. Huff was a complete zero here. Spears tried, but he’s not healthy anymore.
Those were bad signings.
But they had nothing at all to do with the fact that the Ravens didn’t think Anquan Boldin was a $6 million football player anymore.