I know I’m writing this at 9 p.m. so this is technically not a monday “morning” press. But hey at least it’s still Monday, and it’s Christmas break so no one cares.
Cliff Lee stuff. I guess I should probably be more distraught than I am over the Phillies signing Cliff Lee earlier this month. PHI now has four good-to-great starters and the same dangerous lineup they’ve had the last four years. Additionally, Halladay-Lee is not only the best pitching duo in the MLB, but the two independently might be the top SPs in the sport. So yeah Philly is going to win the NL East again and that will suck.
But while the Phillies and Nationals spent big money for good players in the free agent market and the Yankees humorously whiffed on all their first choices, the Mets did something they haven’t done in years: nothing. The bloated Castillo-Perez-Beltran-KRod-Santana monster is weighing down the organization with bad long-term contracts already; to add one or two more to the steaming pile would be foolish. Alderson & Co. is much better off keeping a few core players, building on promising prospects, frugally buying and selling until there’s more payroll room, and blaming the previous front office for two years of losing while aiming to compete circa 2013. By then the Phillies will be exactly what the Mets are now—Rollins, Howard, Utley, Halladay, and Lee will all be over 33 and getting paid upwards of 12 million a year for it (or in Lee’s case, 27.5 million). If the Mets are still losing then, I’ll be distraught. But not yet.
I love Christmas. Christmas is my favorite. As per usual, there were a number of solid blog posts fluttering into my Google Reader feed during the week leading up to Christmas (and about 20 total over the holiday weekend. I guess everyone had better things to do than blog). Here are some of the best, from all the usual suspects. Don’t miss this Biblical Archeological Review article on why December 25th is considered Christmas, and it’s probably not what you’ve heard.
“The strongest saints and the strongest skeptics alike took positive evil as the starting-point of their argument. If it be true (as it certainly is) that a man can feel exquisite happiness in skinning a cat, then the religious philosopher can only draw one of two deductions. He must either deny the existence of God, as atheists do; or he mist deny the present union between God and man, as all Christians do. The new theologians seem to think it a highly rationalistic solution to deny the cat.” -G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy.