Garciaparra, who had rejected a four-year, $60 million contract that would
have expired at the end of this season, was a megastar in Boston, and when
the Red Sox struggled for two weeks after the trade, Epstein and the baseball
people were second-guessed to the media by some of their promotional gurus
upstairs. Eleven weeks later, the Red Sox swept the Cardinals.
Wow. I remember him turning the offer down, but I hadn't given it much thought since then. Imagine if they'd had that trainwreck eating up their payroll since then? And we think Schilling's $8 million this year is bad!