The whole John Smoltz situation has become very confused. He didn't seem to want to be a reliever for the Red Sox, the Sox didn't seem to want to turn him into a reliever, and now it looks as though the Cardinals want him as a reliever. But also, it seems like he wants to be a reliever for them.
John Smoltz's tenure in Boston will probably be a sidenote in Red Sox and baseball history, but the next time the Sox sign a scrap-heap pitcher who is either overweight...
or over the hill, I hope the rest of Red Sox Nation will be as cynical, skeptical, and pessimistic as I am. As a fanbase, we've been far too optimistic about guys the Sox take shots with.
And as far as the Red Sox go, I am sick and tired of their recent tendency to acquire 3 or 4 mediocre arms, and hope that 1 or 2 pan out. Getting a guy like Smoltz, or even Colon is fine. But when you depend on undependable pitchers becoming dependable, you can depend on finding yourself in a bad situation.
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