I'm not big on petitions, but this one seems to be a good fit for me. It's the Keep Mike Lowell Petition and as of this writing there are nearly 8,000 signatures.
The write-up is nice and the only point I disagree with is that it's easy to win a Gold Glove. The GG is the biggest joke in baseball, which is why a guy like Derek Jeter has won 3 or 4 and why Rafael Palmeiro won one as a DH.
Mike Lowell should be in a Red Sox uniform. And I don't just say that because they just won a World Series. I was against re-signing Pedro, Damon, and Derek Lowe when the times came because they were all on the downside of their careers and/or injury prone - and, in Derek Lowe's case, overrated.
But Lowell seems to only improve with time and has been more durable than anyone. He thrives in Boston, which is a very hot commodity, and works extremely hard. He epitomizes the "dirt dog" mentality. Just look at his headfirst slide into home plate this weekend.
So Lowell is beyond peak age. So what? There should be exceptions to the rule. In a normal world, I don't think Lowell would command more than 3 years, $36 million. But this isn't a normal world. The problem is the Yankees - they just lost their stud third baseman, for whom they had set aside more than $230 million. They might throw $60 million at Lowell, causing a problem for the Sox.
The Sox will surely not sign Lowell for close to $60 million and no one should expect them to. And no one should expect Lowell to decline such an offer. Unlike Johnny Damon, Lowell never declared that he'd never wear pinstripes. If he chooses to go to New York, we should all respect that decision and applaud him when he's back in Boston.
Unlike Johnny Damon, he deserves that much.
(From Red Sox Monster)