On a beautiful Friday afternoon in March, while the NCAA tournament’s first round was well underway, baseball said, “don’t you, forget about me” as the Red Sox extended the greatest pitcher on the planet. Chris Sale will soon be signing an extension for 5 years and $145 million. As if my weekend couldn’t get any better.
First Iowa blows the doors off that pathetic excuse for a basketball team from Cincinnati, then the Mets confirm Pete Alonso will make the opening day roster, now this. Although Iowa went on to lose, It’s really a great time to be me. I really don’t know how some sports fans do it. All I do is win, win, win, then I win some more.
You might think it gets old, having the same outcome over and over. It doesn’t. It’s incredible and there is zero sign of it stopping, ever. It is an embarrassment of riches. The Red Sox win the World Series then extend the most dangerous pitcher on the planet to a very reasonable extension in the prime of his career.
This amount of money for a pitcher of Sale’s caliber is a no brainer for the Sox. It doesn’t cripple them for the next decade with a Mark Teixeira like albatross of a contract and locks him in for the best remaining years of his career.
This allows the team to still have the flexibility to extend Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts either before or when they hit free agency in the coming years. Keeping this core of young talent together makes the Red Sox a title contender for the next 5 years and beyond. It will be nice to book my World Series tickets that far in advance. Anyways, I won’t flaunt my sports wealth any longer. Back to the tournament where all of my brackets are currently leading my pools.