- Dec 19, 2009
It's been a long time, but I seem to recall that a lot of the bloom had come off the Nomar rose by the time he was traded, including being excoriated in the press for refusing to PH or something in a big game against the Yankees (if I'm remembering correctly) that wound up being an extra innings loss or something like that. He was sullen and moody with the media because of his contract situation, his wrist injury had turned him from an offensive powerhouse to a guy for whom "swing and a pop-up" on the first pitch was becoming an increasingly heard call. He would even visibly pout in the dugout. By the time he was traded, I don't think it was as shocking a move as it might have been even one season earlier.If they trade Betts, people will be mad for a few days. And then in July the interest in the Red Sox will be in direct proportion with whatever their record is at the time. They traded Nomar for a SS with a career best OPS+ of 105 and defense-first 1B.
In other words, I think a Betts deal would draw a much more negative response among hardcore fans. But I could be wrong.