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Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff November 3, 2008 09:19 AM
"We tried to keep him." Translation: We've milked this guy for all he's worth and he is starting to slip, so we're going to replace him with someone younger and cheaper.
"We think he'll benefit from a change of scenery." Translation: This guy is a nutcake, but he's a bargain. If we get a good year out of him, rejoice!
"That doesn't constitute tampering." Translation: We never contacted him directly. We just asked one of our former players to sleep on his lawn.
"There's another team involved." Translation: The market for this guy is non-existent right now, so I'm trying to create the illusion that there is actually a demand for his pathetic services.
"It's not about the money." Translation: Are you kidding? I'd play on Pluto for that. But while we're at it, can I get access to the private jet and have luxury seating for my family?
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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