I didn’t buy the Red Sox having a curse, and I don’t buy it with the Cubs, either. The Cubs are down 2-0 to the Dodgers not because of bad luck, but because they’ve been pounded. It’s amusing to watch the forlorn expressions on the faces of Cubs’ fans. It’s almost as if they relish in the misery.
What would they do if they ever won? Probably win again, just like the Red Sox did.
I’m watching the Rays-Sox. Tampa Bay losing in the second and Scott Kazmir is struggling. The Rays are the best story of the playoffs, but you can bet the networks hope it will be Boston and the Cubs. Two storied franchises playing in antique stadiums. They are salivating over the potential ratings already.
Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine told ESPN he would be interested in returning if the club can’t re-sign Jerry Manuel.
In an email response to the question of his interesting in returning, Valentine wrote: “I am working for a team that needs me and wants me as their man. I love it here, but I am an American and love great challenges. I was a in a Met uniform in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, 2000, and would love to be there in the next decade.”
Valentine, who managed the Mets to the 2000 World Series, is currently managing Chiba Lotte.
Jerry Manuel wants three years to manage the Mets. The club is offering two. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of those compromises where they can meet at 2 1/2 years.
Two years seems low and suggests maybe the Wilpons aren’t sold on him. However, the flip side is there are few managerial positions available so Manuel ought to think twice about playing hardball. If the Mets will spend to improve as they say, and Manuel is as good as he believes, then winning will take care of itself.
And, if they win, Manuel’s next contract will be more in line.