--Trevor Hoffman retired too late. If you're a player having spent your entire career for one organization over a span of 15 years or more, you must reflect upon your decision to play for another team. Trevor Hoffman finishing his career with the Brewers isn't like Tony Gwynn doing the same, but it's close. He's free to do what he wants, and certainly the money was outstanding, as the Brewers severely overpaid, but...leaves a slightly bad taste. Not like Favre leaving the Packers left a bad taste, but, again, it's comparable.
--With the trade of Matt Garza, the Rays have almost completely dismantled its playoff teams of the past few years. They're going down now as the Rangers continue to ascend. The lousy attendance at Rays games and the small fanbase were going to catch up with them sooner or later. Hard to figure, as the Rays have been a winning and exciting team for some years now, certainly for long enough to build a solid fanbase. But it didn't happen. You might remember when the Braves weren't selling out home playoff games in the 1990s and 2000s, and when the Marlins couldn't draw during their 2 World Series winning years. Sinful.
--If the Rays' rookies come through, they'll give the Yanks a fight for 2nd place. Either way, though, don't look for the Wild Card team to come from the American League East this year.
--What happened to the Angels? Why doesn't anyone want to play for them anymore? Nobody's changed in the administration, and I'd play for their manager any day. They have trucks of money to dump on players, as they always have, and yet nobody's taking it anymore. They're losing players like they're the Expos, and they can't replace them. The ones they've lost in the last 3-4 years could form an All-star team. The players union knows something about the Angels that I and the more-than-casual fan don't know.
--I'll be in the stands for at least 4 Sox games this year. I have a truly awesome friend who brings me (we travel for the other two games). I TOLD YOU--I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT!!!