Posted by Brad @ 7:24 pm on January 17th 2013

The Weirdest Story in Sports, and the Biggest Question

Why would Mike Napoli settle for $5 million guaranteed?

Also, is Andy Reid a good pick for Chiefs coach? I think yes, but boy, listening to sports radio around here the last year, he did not end on a high note.


  1. Napoli’s body type profiles very closely with the sort of hitter who goes straight off of a cliff at his age. There is a not-insubstantial probability that last year was the new normal for him. That said, Fenway will inflate his numbers somewhat, and 1/$5M is a good deal for the BoSox. I am surprised he wasn’t able to sucker somebody into paying him more; it only takes one team (usually the Royals).

    Reid is a good hire UNLESS his failure in Philadelphia was the result of burnout. He appears to have convinced ownership that this was not the case.

    Comment by Rojas — 1/18/2013 @ 1:10 am

  2. By the way, Manti Te’o is a closeted homosexual.

    Comment by Rojas — 1/18/2013 @ 1:10 am

  3. I get the concerns about Napoli, but he was on the open market – it surprises me that nobody else would take a flier on him for more than 5 mil guaranteed.

    My main concern with Reid is just that, this season, his actual decision-making seemed really – all over the place. Maybe it was the Philly situation, but it seemed to be more than that; he just came off as completely lost all season long, indecisive and all over the place, and the few times he took a concrete step (firing Juan Castillo, for instance), there seemed to be little rhyme or reason – a concrete step for the sake of a concrete step.

    That said, he was definitely a guy who needed a fresh start.

    Comment by Brad — 1/18/2013 @ 5:29 pm

  4. Well, we know going in that Reid’s game management is gonna be crazy at times. We just have to hope that the rest of the package outweighs that.

    Comment by Rojas — 1/18/2013 @ 10:23 pm

  5. One side benefit of Reid: he has always done a great job of cultivating a reputation that exceeded his actual performance. In part that’s due to skill at cultivating relationships with the national press, in part it’s due to him seeming like the archetypal pro football coach of the sort that sportswriters all secretly have a hard-on for, but either way, expect to hear a lot of “are the Chiefs the sleeper team this year” type stories for the first half of the season with no relation to how good the team actually is or how they’re performing.

    I watch, maybe, a football game a month, but it has been funny this year to hear the disconnect between how the Philly media and how the national media have talked about Reid. Although, granted, Philly sports like to bitch more than fans in any other city I’ve lived in.

    Comment by Brad — 1/19/2013 @ 1:11 am

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