Where’s The Welcome Mat?
For a guy as physically fragile as J.D. Drew; and with the number of times he’s gone from team to team for reasons varying from wanting more money to being traded to appearing to look for something he’s never going to be able to find; what is the hold up in introducing him and placing him on the 40 man roster?
This contract is taking longer to complete than the SALT agreements between the United States and the Soviet Union. The longer this drags out without the lavish press conference with the verbose Theo Epstein spouting his corporate catch phrases and everyone—–from Drew and Scott Boras to the Red Sox officials who seem so unenthusiastic about this signing—–performing their best selling job to the media and fans, the more it appears as though this marriage is going to be doomed from the start.
Drew is giving me the impression with all of the continuous moving from one venue to another that the fans reaction isn’t all that important to him one way or the other; that he’s trying to make as much money as he possibly can doing something he doesn’t particularly like and bouncing from team to team to find a situation that is at least tolerable. But the Red Sox fans, who have been open in their skepticism regarding Drew, must be wondering what’s going on with this contract that it’s taking so long to finalize and why Drew still isn’t listed on their roster.
This is a bad start and both the Red Sox and Drew; all involved had better hope that it isn’t a portent of what is to come once the deal is done and the season begins, because if it is, things can go very bad, very fast.