By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – I picked up the Boston Globe’s special section Sunday on the brand new Red Sox season to help me get psyched for opening day in Baltimore Monday.

But to my surprise and horror, the usually excellent Globe baseball writers have somehow gone off the rails and unanimously picked the Tampa Bay Rays – not our world champion Sox – to win the American League East. And while they all have the Sox making the playoffs as a wild card, none of them see our boys of summer repeating.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

I acknowledge all of these experts know far more about baseball than I ever will.

But still I have to ask – what are they thinking?

For starters, look who they’re picking to beat us next October – a team that plays on a hazardous waste site.

OK, Fenway Park was built on reclaimed mudflats, but I say edge, Red Sox.

I am not a huge fan of the Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster. But the Rays’ mascot is Raymond, a pseudo-animal that looks like you won it at a carnival, whose official bio lists “getting nacho cheese in his fur” as one of his dislikes.

Edge, Wally.

When David Ortiz hits a crucial homer, a uniformed Boston Police officer throws his arms in the air. When a Tampa Bay Ray hits a big home run, it lands in a fish tank.

Edge, Boston.

Notice, we haven’t even talked about the team yet, which looks to be at least as good if not better than last year’s champs, with even better pitching.

I hereby pick the Sox to win it all again.

Hey Globe guys, come October, we’ll see who the real expert is.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.



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