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Almost nothing happened.  No surprises.  Seriously.  I guess that’s sort of expected; after a big signing like John Lackey, there’s really not much else you can do.  (Unless you’re last year’s Yankees, in which case you break the bank twice more.  Think of it as “wash, rinse, repeat,” but with money.)

The Lowell trade to Texas is off.  During his physical, it was discovered that he needs radial collateral ligament surgery on his right thumb.  Bottom line: it is, in fact, not a sprain.  The surgery was successful.  He’ll need six to eight weeks to recover, after which he should be back to one hundred percent, and he’ll report to Spring Training a week or two late.  What does this mean? You can forget about the two Adrians for the moment, and you can expect Casey Kotchman’s playing time at first to increase, if the need arises.  (Personally, I think built-in days off for Lowell will be crucial.  A word to the wise: don’t skimp with the days off after a veteran has surgery.  In other words, don’t make the same mistake twice.) But that’s not really the end of the world because you can also expect a productive year from Lowell.  He says he has no problem with the circumstances amidst which he’s returning.  I believe that.  In other cases, you could probably safely assume the guy’s just saying that, but it’s Mike Lowell.  He’s a veteran.  He’s been around the league, and he knows how baseball works.  Part of being a successful player and having a long career is learning that you just can’t take these things personally.  I think we’ll be very strong with Lowell at the hot corner, and I think I speak for all of Red Sox Nation when I say we’re looking forward to welcoming him back.  Think about it.  A healthy Mike Lowell would be great for our defensive upgrade.

Jason Bay signed with the Mets.  That’s just about the most exciting thing I’ve heard in the last ten minutes.  It’s a four-year deal worth $66 million with an option for a fifth year.  But he’ll want to cash all of it in and come play for us for free after his first game in Citi Field.  His bad knees, his bad throwing arm, and the open space, gaps, and seemingly towering in that outfield are a recipe for disaster.  He’ll hit all the home runs he wants thanks to National League pitching, but I’m telling you he’s in for a bucket of cold water.  Ring? No chance.  Postseason appearance? Not likely.   Reality check? By the truckload.  Just to review, our last offer was four years for sixty million.  I have no way of knowing the ins and outs of the negotiating process, but let it be written here that Jason Bay just made a huge mistake.  There is no way on this planet that the experience waiting for him as a New York Met is worth an extra six million dollars.

Kevin Youkilis was named our MVP by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America’s Boston chapter.  Jacoby Ellsbury was named Defensive Player of the Year and Jon Lester was named Red Sox Pitcher of the Year by MLB.com.  All extremely well-deserved.

And, of course, the highlight: the Winter Classic! Fenway Park looked absolutely epic; the rink covered the infield and was bound by the foul lines.  The center dot was right over second base.  The banners outside were all decked out in black and gold.  And the Green Monster kept score.  The weather was perfect; it was a cool forty degrees when the Bruins walked out of the Red Sox dugout, and it snowed.  The game was phenomenal; it was tied at one, and Marco Sturm scored the winning goal in sudden death.  Timmy Thomas even got into it; Scott Hartnell knocked him off his skates so he cross-checked him and allowed Danny Syvret to score.  The results were significant; this was our fifth win in six games after a period of extremely annoying struggle.  And thus, we are the first home team to win the Winter Classic.  It was a surreal event, but it was so incredibly awesome.  But something just occurred to me: maybe Major League Baseball didn’t want to give us the All-Star Game in 2012 because we just had the Winter Classic now.  Maybe they didn’t want Fenway to enjoy two such significant events within three years of each other.  If that’s the case, it’s ridiculous and low.  Two different sports, people.  Two vastly different sports.  Completely unrelated.

And that’s a rap.  Nothing too bad but, believe me, a whole lot of awesome.

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