ile you were sleeping Wednesday night, baseball’s owners and players settled on a new collective bargaining agreement.
If you were paying attention this week, a national report claimed the Sox would never trade their prized left-handed-starter to the team that owned Chicago even before winning the World Series, and I’m thinking, if the Sox had any fans, they’d be really upset that their team is cutting off a great chance to get better.
That was the fallout, such as there was any fallout. If the report was true, then the Sox were seen as petty and stupid in refusing to deal with a trade partner loaded with young positional talent under years of cheap salary control. The Sox are in desperate need of major league-quality youth, but they won’t deal with the team that cornered the market on it? Seriously, dude?
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer made it sound like a true fact. During a conference call regarding the signing of outfielder Jon Jay, Hoyer said he doesn’t see a trade between the Cubs and Sox happening.
But wait. Listen to this: Sox GM Rick Hahn said his team would consider any trade with any team.
Maybe you two kids should hug it out.
Hahn’s words sounded more like a dare, perhaps aimed at people in power above him. But Hahn’s words came out in a statement Wednesday evening, and geez, just the fact that Hahn had to issue that kind of statement because almost everybody believed the report to be true tells you how dysfunctional people think the Sox are.
The idea that almost everybody continues to believe that the Sox would never deal Sale to the Cubs even after Hahn’s statement doubles down on the dysfunction.
But if Hahn swaps Chris Sale for Kyle Schwarber, Javier Baez and two Double-A prospects, I’ll consider myself duly chastened for holding that notion of dysfunction.
Oh, and speaking of baseball’s new CBA, I think you’d better sit down, people. This feels kind of historic. Baseball finally wised up. The sport had to wait for Bud Selig to leave, but yeah, baseball finally wised up.
Owners and players agreed to end the absurd practice of giving home-field advantage in the World Series to the team from the league that won the All-Star Game.
The idea of having your crown jewel influenced by a meaningless exhibition game was always a joke, a panic move by Selig because one meaningless game ended in a tie.
Instead of saying, “Sorry, fans, we’ll put more players on the All-Star rosters,’’ Selig went full-metal stupid and convinced baseball to allow a useless game to factor into the only thing that matters.
Now, baseball has it right. Baseball caught up with every other sport that determines a champion in seven-game series. The team with the best record gets Game 7.
You could argue the Cubs showed that home-field advantage didn’t matter. They won just one game in Wrigley Field while taking three in Cleveland.
I’d argue that some kind of home-field advantage was working for the Indians right up until the Cubs got the rain-delay advantage.
Because I’m a sucker for fairy-tale sports stories, I would’ve loved something as historic as a Cubs World Series title to take place in one of the most historic sporting venues.
But hey, that’s what next season is for. That’s what the new setup is all about. The Cubs now have the chance to win Game 7 at home by sending Sale to the mound.