On post-Thankful Saturday, buy viagra sildenafil our thoughts turn to fans with little to celebrate on the holiday: those SF rooters who lost their pet Panda. Giants fans have reason to feel betrayed, sildenafil unhealthy both by Pablo Sandoval and the team’s front office. “I need a new challenge,” Pablo said when asked why he chose the Red Sox’s five-year, $98 million offer over a similar one tendered by his former team. The SF brass may have nudged Sandoval out of town by not re-signing him before free-agency, as they did Hunter Pence. We know how the feeling of insult can spur an “I’ll-show-you” response.
It is clear that Team Obama’s offense coach, Chuck Hagel, did not leave his thankless job voluntarily. He was saddled as Defense Secretary with a Syrian policy that had the O-team aiding rebels in their fight against the Assad regime; at the same time, that regime was aiding the U.S. in its war against ISIS. Hagel’s lack of team spirit for the colliding alignment was obvious. The tension it caused among the Skipper’s close advisers, made him a target for unconditional release.
The Politico’s Glenn Thrush described the game’s walkoff point this way: “After reports began surfacing of White House dissatisfaction with his performance in the past few months…(Hagel) dashed off an uncharacteristically sharp memo to National Security Adviser Susan Rice slamming the administration’s Syria policy as rudderless and ill-defined.”
Hagel’s forced departure set off groans, right and left, on the annual long weekend of gratitude.
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More Woe: While sharing the transitory pain with Giants fans, we might – yes, again – spare more profound sympathy with what’s left of the Mets fan base. Alone, perhaps, with the Padres, the Mets’ future is bleak, and will remain so as long as current ownership – Fred Wilpon and heir Jeff – remains in place. They have demonstrated their incapacity to run a big-market club in competitive fashion. A sad, post-Thanksgiving saga, dating back (with one exceptional season eight years ago) to 2002.
Whither Lester? Here are the vibes we sense surrounding Jon Lester’s future: The team willing to commit $150 million for six years (The Globe’s Nick Cafardo puts Boston’s offer so far at $120 million and the Cubs at $135m, each for six years) will get him. The Dodgers and Yankees must be considered threats to pounce, even though neither has taken part in the competition. We wouldn’t bet against any of the four in the Lester sweepstakes.
On More Likely Destinations…of Lester, Max Scherzer and James Shields, as theorized by MLB.com’s Phil Rogers: “Greg Maddux had five cracks at free agency, the first when he was 26, the last at age 40. He used that leverage to change teams three times, but he never changed leagues. The Yankees and other American League teams tried to persuade Maddux to leave the National League but never succeeded. Maddux knew a good thing when he saw it. ‘”Do I look like an idiot?’ Maddux said at the end of his career…Veteran pitchers gravitate toward the NL, the last refuge from the designated-hitter rule. Earned run averages are lower, life expectancy seemingly longer.”
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