Red Sox Nation still angry that the Rays took down their pale faced heroes...
Like the cockroach, I didn't think the Red Sox could be killed. Seriously, after the Game 5 comeback I thought that Jason Veritek and Dustin Pedroia could survive a nuclear attack, no problem. I was mentally preparing myself for the endless national media wack off about how much "heart" the Sox had, the endless testamounts of how great Pedroia was because he made it to the MLB dispite being a drawf, and I would have had to read Sports Bitch talk about the power and resilience of "Red Sox Nation" (btw, check out his column post game 5 if you don't believe me). But.......
There is a God and the TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS are AL CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I am not going to pretend to be a Rays fan, I'm not, in fact, I delighted in the fact that I used to be able to count on them to finish behind the Jays every year in the AL East (congrats to Baltimore for becoming the AL East's doormat). The Rays have consistently been one of the worst teams in baseball for the past 10 seasons, but they have finally emerged from the wilderness on the backs of their number 1 picks, and a few VERY shrewd trades. Drafting Crawford, Upton, Beldelli, Longoria high, dealing some marginal talent away for Scott Kazmir, and making the deal of the year by sending a very good player (Delmon Young) away for Matt Garza, have put the Rays on the precipice of winning the World Series (which I think is going to be awesome).
Why am I writing about the Rays on the blog? Because their success makes me realize that now is the time to FIRE JP Riccardi!!!!!!!!
Here is a short list of sins that Riccardi has committed that in my opinion make him unfit to be the GM of a little league team, let alone the Jays:
1. Russ Adams was drafted ahead of Cole Hamels (NLCS MVP). Why did this happen? Cause Riccardi likes to masterbate to stats, and he doesn't trust high school pitchers.
2. Trading Gabe Gross (starting LF for the '08 AL Champs) for a bag of peanuts. Seriously, who did we get back? If Gross is good enough to start for the Rays, Riccardi should have gotten something back, but he didn't.
3. Not drafting anyone useful (with the exception of Aaron Hill). Do you realize that Alexis Rios, Roy Halladay, Vernon Wells, Adam Lind, and Dustin McGowen were all drafted by Gord Ash? Gord freaking Ash!!!!! Riccardi has a SHOCKING inability to find talent, Moneyball be damned.
Anyway, now is the time to rid the organization for the Riccardi cancer. The Jays are getting some cash to spend with the impending AJ Burnett opt out, let's hope that Rogers doesn't let Riccardi piss that away!!!!!!!!