And while we’re asking questions, since when did Trader Kenny become Traitor Kenny?
On Monday, the news hit that Sox general manager Ken Williams had sent a memo to every team listing the players he was willing to trade. By Tuesday morning, Jim Thome, who was having a nice year at the age of 39, was gone, as was Jose Contreras. Thome was traded to the Dodgers for a 26-year-old Class A infielder. Wow, that loss must really sting for the Dodgers. The Sox sent Contreras to the Rockies for a Triple-A pitcher . . . What is it that baseball people like to say? That a 162-game season is a marathon, not a sprint? Well, the Sox just quit at about the 20-mile mark.
Oy vey. I love Jim Thome and Jose Contreras just as much as the next guy, but Thome is going to, maybe, pretend to be Mickey Stanley for a month in Los Angeles. Contreras has one good start in the entire second half and that came against the Royals. To hear Morrissey (and others) tell it, you’d think that the Sox gave up the cornerstones of the franchise.