Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Welcome to the Red Sox, Smoltz

Well, it's official! John Smoltz is now a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. On Tuesday morning, Red Sox officials met with the media to make the big announcement. If his shoulder holds up, he could join an already strong rotation in place, led by Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Smoltz was the National League's Cy Young Award winner in 1996, when he went 24-8. He is an eight-time All-Star. He happens to be my 2nd favorite pitcher in t he MLB, right behind my boy Josh Beckett. I am very excited to see him leaving Atlanta and coming to Boston. He has a chance at winning another World Series Title here, and I hope that he is able to get one in 2009. Smoltz agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million pact that includes incentives that could bring the total to $10 million. Hopefully, Theo and the Red Sox organization decide to keep him around past the 2009 season. He has a very positive attitude, and can definitly bring a lot to the Red Sox Nation. Welcome Aboard John! Can't wait for the 2009 season to start.

28 days til Pitchers and Catchers report to Spring Training. I am getting VERY excited!