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  • 02/10/2012, 10:36AM ET

The greatest things that never happened, THAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED!

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1. Alex Rodriguez going to Boston.. The deal was in ink.. But it fell through due to a veto via the COM.. Boy would it have been fun to have his bat.. Ramirez, Ortiz AND A-ROD! DAMN!
Plus we weould have stole a piece of the puzzle from our rival yankees..

2. Chris Paul to the Lakers.. Again, all the teams involved agreed on the trade.. Watching Chris Paul AND Kobe Bryant play alongside each other would have been amazing.. It would have been a breath of fresh air, after having watched the Lakers basketball team being dominated by so many big men, (Shaq, Gasol, Odom, Bynum, Artest, etc etc)..

3. Hanley Ramirez, stays put in Boston.. Ever since Nomar left back in 2004, we have never had a big name short stop.. If Epstein had not temporarily lost power.. He would have never let his prized asset go to the Marlins for one year hot-one year-cold Beckett AND an old Mike Lowell..

4. Johnny Damon.. Again we lost our most beloved player when Epstein lost power.. AND it hurt!

5. Carlos Tevez.. Ooooooh Carlos! If only you were not such a headcase..You would most likely be playing for AC Milan right now.. And fox soccer channel shows a ton of Serie A games:(


1. I will start with the most obvious of all. Your beloved Red Sox and the greatest player to don a baseball uni. The Babe. Should have stayed in Boston. Frazee should have given Ruth the raise he wanted instead of selling him to the rival Yankees. We all know how that turned out.

2. My second choice though at the time was maybe not real obvious, was the Miami Dolphins NOT drafting Aaron Rodgers in 2005. They had Gus Frerotte for Christ Sakes, and that was only one year. They went with Brown instead with Rodgers out there as a 1st team All American QB. There were 3 QBs went first round and Miami had second pick. To this day they STILL don't have a decent QB running their club.

3. The Atlanta Braves NOT keeping Tom Glavine. Letting him go to the Mets. Holy Crap. Talk about a club not being loyal to a player. Tom still earned two more All Star elections on their east coast rival Mets ball club. I never could understand how the Braves as an organization could NOT pay Tom $10 mil a year to keep him but they could pay Mike Hampton and Derek Lowe $15 mil a year to suck.

4. My last is the most recent, Pujols. How in the hell does St Louis let him go?


Your first choice is fantastic.. Impossible to argue the great bambino..

Aaron Rodger.. vs A-Rod
Hindsight is 20/20 my friend..
It was impossible to know that he would turn out to be this good..
I personally am more hurt by losing A-Rods bat..
We had the deal in ink!!!!
And that idiot Bud Selig decided to step in!?!?!
Thanks!

Glavine..
He wasnt exactly lights out when he went to the Mets..
Sometimes you have to know when to say goodbye to an ageing player..
Unless you are the Mets in which case you welcome him with open arms:)
I think Maddux would have been a better choice here.. Maddux still had some juice in his arm..

Pujols is a great player..
But Unfortuneatly the Cardinals just didnt have the doe to keep him..
Its hard to point the finger if you simply can not pony up the cash..
Im just shocked the yankees didnt go after him..
I am more disappointed in the Rangers..
You let your best pitcher go to a divisional rival?!?!?!
And then you blow the money on a freakin Japanese pitcher!?!?!
Other than the great Hideo Nomo, Japanese pitchers have been complete busts..
YOu simply do not know what you are getting with a Japanes pitcher eg Dice-K


You are correct froggy. Hindsight is 20/20 but isn't that what we are arguing here?

All these scenarios are based on what did not happen.

Seeing Tom Glavine in a Mets uniform was like grilling a Prime KC Strip steak and then smothering it with horse radish. You have something great but ruin it.

You said Mad Dog would have been a better choice but you have to remember, he was a Cub to begin with. Glavine was Braves grown through and through.

The Cardinals should have SOLD THE FARM if that is what it took to keep Pujols home and happy. St. Louis ranks in the top ten in attendance every year. They have one of the best fan bases in all of MLB. They just won it all. There is NO Reason they could not come up with the money to keep AP. You have the best player in all of baseball; one of the top financial sound clubs in all of baseball and you can't reach a deal with the guy. What does that say to your club, fan base and the baseball community as a whole? To me is says you don't know what you are doing OR that Pujols has an untold story like an injury that you know about but no one else does.

MMTC.


Dude, with Pujols.. Everyone has a price.. And sometimes the price is just too stupid.. Does anyone really think that Pujols will be as productive as he is now, (or Fielder for that matter), in 10 years from now, as he is today?
To me, the Angels reek of desperation..
It happens.. I was really sad when we lost Vinaterri.. But he was just asking for too much money..

While we are debating on scenarios unfolding..
2 of mine are real gems..
Chris Paul and A-Rod, really really really should have happened, if it were not for unbelievably stupid commissioners.. Its really unfair to the Lakers organisation and to the Red Sox organisation.. Not only were they robbed of phenomenal players.. But they also pis-s-ed off several people in their own organisations, eg Nomar, Odom and Gasol..
I still can not get over how stupid these 2 commissioners were..
They should have been fired the next day!

Wow, ha ha, you have a massive man crush on Glavine, ha ha..
I too am very partial to Lefties, and Glavine was a beaut to watch, (but Im more of a Moyer fan:)..
Damn Mets, they stole our Pedro too!!
But I was fine with it, cause Pedro was past it..


I believe that today's players, in all sports and not just baseball, that the cream of the crop go for too much. In doing so, it taints the negotiations for those of a lesser quality but yet still very productive, ergo, D Lowe making $15 million a frigging year.

However, when you have a player like A Rod or Pujols you do what it takes to groom them and pamper them while you have them so when it is time to negotiate anew, then you have a great relationship to work with.

I do understand that agents like Scott Boras get involved and they set the two sides apart , however, for the good of the club and the game you CAN make it work.

St Louis COULD have come to terms with Albert last year remember? They talked last offseason. I think St Louis KNEW they were never going to make a serious run at him so they cut cord and ran like like ****. And THAT in itself is a shame for all. It sucks for the St Louis club, fans and quite frankly for all of the NL.

This is one of the greatest things that never happened that should have. Pujols should still be a Cardinal.

I think when Pujol's career is over, we will look back and say, WHAT THE HELL WAS ST LOUIS THINKING?

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February 10, 2012  12:39 PM ET

Like the idea, not sure how to go with it

February 10, 2012  12:55 PM ET

Jack Wilshere staying healthy!

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February 10, 2012  01:07 PM ET

If you want to keep it in Boston:

- Tony Conigliaro ducking out of the way
- Len Bias staying at home to read a book

February 10, 2012  01:09 PM ET

Yanks beating the Diamondbacks in 2001 WS. NYC needed it. But we recovered from that too.

February 10, 2012  01:10 PM ET
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If you want to keep it in Boston:- Tony Conigliaro ducking out of the way- Len Bias staying at home to read a book

Erase the Dent, Boone and Buckner plays...

February 10, 2012  01:13 PM ET

Jerry Sandusky thrown in jail the first time and Tom Bradley leads the 2012 team into Paterno Stadium (sigh)

February 10, 2012  01:16 PM ET

Walter Payton follow Fridge Perry's lead block.
Maradonna's Handball Foul of God.

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February 10, 2012  02:18 PM ET

Dale Earnhardt not blocking Sterling Marlin so Mike W and Dale Jr could win the Daytona 500

Roberto Clemente not personally delivering aid

February 10, 2012  02:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Erase the Dent? I'm no bodyshop guy but I thought you had to 'pull' dents........... ;p

used to be bondo...now everything is made of plastic...

February 10, 2012  02:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Walter Payton follow Fridge Perry's lead block. Maradonna's Handball Foul of God.

YES YES AND YES on Peyton's TD in SB XX

on a side note I think the CP3 deal is looking better and better as a whole.

February 10, 2012  02:42 PM ET

Regarding Arod, 8 years later and I have still yet to hear the reasoning behind Boston being denied that trade. Now I can't stand Boston. Let me put that out there. But, that was complete and utter bs on Selig's part. Boston and Texas worked out the trade in good faith. Arod waived his no trade clause. I'm still not seeing the problem there....

February 10, 2012  02:50 PM ET
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Regarding Arod, 8 years later and I have still yet to hear the reasoning behind Boston being denied that trade. Now I can't stand Boston. Let me put that out there. But, that was complete and utter bs on Selig's part. Boston and Texas worked out the trade in good faith. Arod waived his no trade clause. I'm still not seeing the problem there....

A Rod ended up going where GS told Selig he was to go to........

February 10, 2012  02:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Regarding Arod, 8 years later and I have still yet to hear the reasoning behind Boston being denied that trade. Now I can't stand Boston. Let me put that out there. But, that was complete and utter bs on Selig's part. Boston and Texas worked out the trade in good faith. Arod waived his no trade clause. I'm still not seeing the problem there....

Reason was that they were going to renegotiate his contract, the deal was contingent on it. The players association would not allow the precedent to be set to lower anyone's salary. thee you go.

February 10, 2012  02:51 PM ET
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A Rod ended up going where GS told Selig he was to go to........

Ahh ok. Still a farce. The deal was done. That's why these guys shouldn't be signing 10 year contracts. You end up where you don't wanna go...

February 10, 2012  02:54 PM ET
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Reason was that they were going to renegotiate his contract, the deal was contingent on it. The players association would not allow the precedent to be set to lower anyone's salary. thee you go.

And yet Arod agreed to renegotiate to better the team. So who was the union really helping here, aside from the union? They didn't want to lose their cut of that big **** contract. Nothing more. Which is irritating because here I am defending to things I absolutely detest. The Red Sox and Arod. Just makes me feel all dirty.

 
February 10, 2012  02:55 PM ET
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And yet Arod agreed to renegotiate to better the team. So who was the union really helping here, aside from the union? They didn't want to lose their cut of that big **** contract. Nothing more. Which is irritating because here I am defending to things I absolutely detest. The Red Sox and Arod. Just makes me feel all dirty.

defending 2 things....typo there

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