A couple of things to share as I stare into the beautiful White Mountains.
The Chris Sale rumors were always a win-win for the Red Sox.
If Dave Dombrowski had paid a price that included Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi, Boston would have added a perennial Cy Young candidate in the prime of his career.
Instead, Red Sox fans get the opportunity to watch those two super prospects develop into homegrown stars over the next decade. Well, hopefully anyways. You never know how prospects will pan out, even those prospects as highly touted as Benintendi and Moncada.
Benintendi has drawn the first chance to make it in the major leagues. The seventh overall pick in last year's draft has joined the Red Sox in Seattle and has the chance to win the everyday job in left field.
The 21-year-old Moncada, a Cuban free agent who is a second baseman by trade, will reportedly get some action at third base and the outfield with Double-A Portland over the next few weeks with an eye on making an impact in Boston by the end of this season.
It's an exciting time to be a Red Sox fan as Benintendi and Moncada will be joining fellow young stars Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr., who all have already established themselves as All-Stars at the major league level. The drafting and development of the Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington regimes has stocked the Red Sox farm system, and now the big club, with premium talent. Dombrowski, known for dealing prospects for more proven talent, has so far judged the top talents in the Red Sox system to be untouchable and it looks like that decision will make Boston a serious contender for the foreseeable future.
The reports of Tom Brady's rage when he makes even the slightest of mistakes so far in training camp and the rumors that he will be working out with Randy Moss and Wes Welker during his four-game suspension makes me ready to put money down on him making a serious run at MVP when he comes back starting in Week 5.
Here's hoping Eddie Vedder sticks to the classics this weekend and also tries to limit the political bullshit as much as possible.
Honestly, I'll deal with his political rants as long as the set list is heavy on their best tunes.
Enjoy Andrew Benintendi's debut week.