I’m generally a fan of Steve Buckley’s writing, but yesterday’s column…not so much.
That was a nice little carnival act the Red Sox staged a couple of weeks back, bringing out David Ortiz and announcing a two-year contract extension that we all know is as much about marketing as it is about actual baseball.
I think the Ortiz signing is all about baseball. The Sox lacked punch last season, even before “the trade.” With the likes of Nick Swisher and Lance Berkman as top slugging free agents, the Sox need Ortiz more than ever. Then there’s this:
Forget the two years. Ortiz will go directly from playing the field to playing the crowd, following in the footsteps of Luis Tiant, the late, great Johnny Pesky and other Red Sox sunsetters who remained with the mothership as ambassadors of good cheer.