It seems that Mark Bellhorn, who helped the Boston Red Sox win the World Series, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.
That makes me a little sad to read that inThe New York Times transactions listing.
Bell, who only played for the Sox in 2004 and part of 2005, was an exciting part of the bearded and long-haired group of outlaw cowboys who recorded the comeback in postseason history. They also, as you no doubt remember, forced the New York Yankees, the Evil Empire otherwise known as the Filthy Swine, into the biggest choke in sports history.
Look, I know Bell was hardly a superstar. He struck out a lot. I mean a lot, and sometimes at the worst times. But he was a good infielder, especially in light of how the Sox did at second base after his departure. He had 138 hits in 138 games that year, but struck out 177 times.
But he made it exciting. He hit two home runs in the Yankees series and one in the World Series, where he batted .300. You never knew which Bell would step up to the plate, but he always was a dependable, and sometimes spectacular, fielder.
It's just a little sad that he's now in the minors.
It's also a little sad that an august columnist for The New York Times had nothing better to do than say that all Sox fans aren't the brightest bulbs in the lamp.
Murray Chass had made a lame joke a week or so ago that since San Francisco hasn't signed Barry Bonds and the Red Sox haven't signed J.D. Drew, then maybe a trade might be possible. The Sox would get Bonds, move him into left field and move Manny Ramirez into right.
Well, a couple of guys didn't get that it was a joke, got upset and sent e-mails. Look, I've been practicing journalism for night onto 40 years (yes, yes, still practicing and one day I'll get it right) and I know that you can get little of no reaction from an investigation that puts the mayor in jail, but some throwaway line will come back and bite you in the (this column is rated PG so I won't say where it will bite you). But is it worth another column? I guess for Murray, who is hardly a Sox fan, it is.
He led the column with the following: "You would think that when the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, it would have liberated their fans, enabled all of them to smile and laugh."
Well, Murray, perhaps after the 2006 season, the Best Team Money Can Buy would be happy and laughing, but not the Sox. We have tasted Victory and We Want More.
Look, my friend, I know how tough it cab be to come up with a sports column a couple two three times a week. After all, there's nothing going on except the Super Bowl, the NBA all-star game, hockey season, pitchers and catchers in a few weeks, Beckham coming to the U.S. to play soccer...nothing going on.
But a whole column about a flat joke? Surely, you jest.