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Just in case there’s someone out there wondering what it feels like to be in this situation, it’s painful.  Let the record show that it is painful.  Excruciating, to be more precise.  Think about it.  There is a very large constituency of baseball fans who have still been watching live action, including Yankee fans.  But you’re not.  All you get to do is watch those fans watch the action while your team is fishing for a new manager and first base coach, hoping it doesn’t have to also fish for a new general manager, and really hoping that the players can get it together before Spring Training.  It’s a depressing, empty, miserable existence for baseball fans with nothing to cheer for in October except another team’s demise, which we will obviously do with gusto for the Evil Empire.  But, man, is the whole thing painful.  A little less painful now that the Tigers have disposed of the Yankees.  But still painful.

Especially since Tito will be a guest analyst for the ALCS on Fox.  Speaking of which, he won’t be going to the Other Sox after all; they hired Robin Ventura, so we’re the only managerless team at the moment.

Adrian Gonzalez has received a very well-deserved nomination for the Hank Aaron Award.

The Buckner ball is up for auction.  Seth Swirsky, who bought the ball from Charlie Sheen, is selling it.  The bidding starts at one million dollars.  At the time, the umpire marked the ball for authentication purposes.  The ball needs to go.

In other news, the Pats appropriately crushed the Raiders, 31-19.

Boston Globe Staff/Jim Davis

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Whoever thought the Yankees would change their tactics once a new owner and manager stepped in is apparently and horribly wrong.  They’re doing the same thing they’ve been doing for years: spending millions on short-term solutions.  Cliche, I know, but it’s true: it’s a marathon, not a sprint.  You know what happens to teams that treat baseball operations like a sprint? They get burned.  Bad.  That’s why I’m psyched that AJ Burnett landed such a fat contract.  If the Yankees were going to sign Burnett, this is the best way they could’ve done it.  If it had been a reasonable, affordable short-term deal, that’s one thing.  But New York just grossly overpaid for an injury waiting to happen.  I’m telling you, just put AJ Burnett on the DL right now.  At the very least, I think it’s a guarantee that he’ll miss a good amount of his scheduled starts.  And the best part is that they’re stuck with him for five years.   True, I was all in favor of Boston signing the dude, but not for five years and not for that price.  I mean that’s $82.5 million for five seasons of 15- and 60-day DL stints.  And he’s 31 and getting older, so it’s going to get worse.  So, congratulations, New York.  You’re the proud owner of a medical liability now worth almost $100 million.

But there is something that gets me.  During the negotiations, Johnny Damon conversed regularly with Burnett, informing him of the differences between playing in Boston and playing in New York.  Obviously something got lost in translation.  Whatever.  Burnett’s loss.  It’s not like he’ll have a ring to show for it.

Moving on to teams with a baseball operations strategy that actually makes sense and to players actually worth that kind of cash.  Like Mark Teixeira, for instance.  You know Theo; he never discloses anything.  But we’re in the lead in the Teixeira negotiations, and since we know what the other contenders have on the table, that can only mean one thing: we’ve offered Tex a contract upwards of $150 million for at least eight years.  I saw that and a red flag went up in my head; eight years is a long time.  But then I stepped back and looked at the big picture.  Mark Teixeira is 28 years old and entering his prime.  He’s a good enough fielder, and all he has to do is look at the ball and it’s out of the park.  And we’d be bringing him here to add another explosive bat to the lineup, essentially filling the offensive void created by the departure of one Manny Ramirez, who played for us for seven and a half years.  So, seven and a half years, eight years; it’s roughly the same amount of time.  Only difference is that Tex can actually field, run the bases, and be a team player, if you catch my drift.  So I say go for it.  There’s no reason not to offer Tex a contract that long and for that much money.  He’s young enough and obviously worth the price.

And speaking of offers, Tek has received one from us according to Boras.  As usual, no word on the length or amount.  That and we non-tendered Kevin Cash.  I don’t know if I completely agree with that move.  I mean I can see why the move was made; we’re in catcher limbo right now.  And Cash is 31 and in 61 games in 2008 he batted .225 with three home runs and fifteen RBIs with a career average of .184 in 187 games.  Not great but decent for a catcher who’s only in the lineup when Wake is on the mound.  And let’s not forget he can handle the knuckleball and he has a great arm.  So unless there’s a significantly better offensive option out there, I see no reason not to keep him.

And finally, the last order of business: the change in uniforms.  So we’ve got a new primary road uniform, gray with blue letters, and we’ve got a new alternate road uniform, blue with red letters.  Our secondary cap features the primary Hanging Sox logo, and our secondary logo is a revamped version of our Circle Sox logo.  According to a Boston.com survey, only about 18% of participants like all the changes.  The Nation has spoken.  Nuff ced.

In other news, the Pats pummeled the Raiders in a 49-26 win.  And the Bruins are as hot as ever, just coming off a home and home sweep of the Thrashers, which featured a nice piece of fighting on Saturday between Big Zdeno Chara and Boris Valabik.  Valabik, Thrasher rookie and big fan of Chara, was working over Phil Kessel, comparatively undersized B’s goalscorer.  Something had to be done, and like a good captain Chara stepped up.  And let me tell you, you do not want to be on the receiving end of a rumble with Chara.  The man is huge.  And I think he got his point across.  The Bruins 8-2-0 in their last ten, but their 46 points ties them with the Rangers for best in the Eastern Conference.  We’ll have to fix that.  On a different note, I’ll be taking a break of about two weeks.  Here’s to getting all of it done.

The Joy of Sox

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