As much as I hate to see the entire starting rotation go, I applaud the management for making some ballsy moves at the deadline. Lester is a free agent this year and the Red Sox are notorious for not overpaying to sign free agents that they brought up through their own system (see: Youkilis, Kevin and Ellsbury, Jacoby), unless they can structure a home-town discount contract extension (i.e., Pedroia, Dustin). At least they were able to get some value for what was left on Lester's contract. I like the Cespedes deal, as long as they find a way to shore up the rotation in the offseason.
While we're on the subject, can someone please explain in easy to understand terms why a team would trade their best pitcher when the team is making a comeback run to the end of the season, ostensibly because it would cost money in another year or two.Because they have determined it to be more profitable. And they know from strikes and scandals that pissing off fans won't hurt the bottom line in the long run. The saddest part to me wasn't that he was the best pitcher but that he was their best pitcher AND came up through the system. I hate when teams make those moves, i remember being pissed that they didn't give Dwight Evans a contract for his final year.
My only regret is that I was hoping to get Lester to autograph my ticket stubs for his no-hitter and this year's 15K game before he left town. His no-hitter was the most amazing sports-related experience I've ever been a part of, and probably will be for the rest of my lifetime. I wish him all the best, and will always be a fan of his no matter what team he plays for (even if he ends up on the Yankees).
I have never witnessed a perfect game: live or on tv. My greatest baseball memory will likely be Cabrera's solo triple play for the Indians a couple years ago. I say memorable, but I don't remember the year, don't know if he is still with the Tribe, and have not been to a game in at least the three years since I moved to greater Cincinnati. Go Reds(?)
Franx Brew Workz
Fermenting: GHE via HoosierBrew with 835, German Pilsner Via Brulosopher with 835
Conditioning: N.German Pilsner 2 ways with 835, Sour Saison on raspberries and something WILD
In Bottles: Doublenut Brown, Evil Twin, Smoked Porter
In the works: Traditional Bock, Doppelbock, Bluesman's Pilsner, Ballantine Style IPA, Saison split between lemon balm & blackberries