I’m surprised Matt Holliday is heading to Oakland; I actually expected the slugger would end up in Philly replacing Pat the Bat.
That being said, Burrell is just 31-years-old, and appears to have several more seasons like this one ahead of him (.250, 33 HR, 86 RBIs).
Burrell isn’t the best defensively but, it’s hard to knock a guy who just helped his team win the World Series, so why rush to get rid of him?
On the other hand, Colorado’s pitch to Holliday of a four-year, $72-million extension with a fifth-year player option at $12 million isn’t even close to what the slugger will get come free agency after 2009.
Besides the money issues, Holliday was also discouraged to remain in Denver after the Rockies dismissed Holliday’s close friend and strength coach Brad Andress.
Oakland seems a long shot to sign Holliday to a long-term deal as well meaning Billy Beane will use the left fielder as a trading chip come July.
It’s another crafty move by Beane who’ll more than likely spin Holliday into a package of talented prospects similar to the Dan Haren deal with Arizona.
There’s no better drama on television than AMC’s Mad Men.
It’s right on par with the Spranos, perhaps even better.
And Mad Men was the perfect escape to a rather boring Game 4 of the World Series, a 10-2 drubbing by the Phillies.
So, what’s the chance Tampa Bay rallies for a Game 6 with Cole Hamels – (4-0) 1.55 post season ERA – on the mound for the Phils tomorrow?
Let’s just say not likely.
And so, this isn’t exactly the series I was pulling for in this Fall Classic.
Sure, there has been some drama, last night’s walkoff dribbler, Utley and Howard’s back-to-back jacks, Joe Blanton’s bomb and an occasional flare from the Rays too, but this series is now largely in favor of Philadelphia.
The Phillies are already talking about its victory parade through downtown Philly, their confidence sky high with a 3-1 series lead.
And why not, Pena and Longoria are still hitless for Tampa Bay, the Rays are playing spotty defense and the once sleeping giant Ryan Howard is wide awake at the plate.
Oh, and did I mention Cole Hamels is throwing tomorrow?
Sorry Tampa Bay, you’ve been a wonderful Cinderella, but the shoe doesn’t fit.