And, the last QOTW for 2008 might I add.
But first a quick apology. I was told that some things I said about the Randy Johnson deal yesterday may have angered a few readers. I was merely trying to come across as humorous in a sarcastic but harmless kind of way, and I apologize to anyone who may have been offended by my thoughts on the situation.
Moving on to the final Quote of the Year:
"Better New York than Anaheim, from our perspective.
"Looking back, our owner really made a very strong offer to keep Mark [Teixeira] in Texas. When the offer was rejected, it was clear what we had to do. With the young players we got in return, we still have a chance to have three or four building blocks for a championship club in years to come."
That little double-shot is from Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, who is speaking, of course, about the newest addition to a rather wealthy looking Yankees lineup.
By now, even if you were the heartiest of Tex fans during his residence at first base in a Rangers uniform, I shouldn't have to twist your arm to see what a heck of a deal sending him to the Atlanta Braves in the summer of 2007 ended up becoming/is about to become.
Beau Jones, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, a backstop who goes into camp as your starter (and who could still possibly be used as a key chip to acquire some nice-looking arms), and a future world-beater of a shortstop. If there's anything to take comfort in over the next season or two, take solace in the fact that the Rangers remain in a much better situation than the Atlanta Braves, who were in a mess of things after acquiring Teixeira for a ton of talent and got back significantly less than that when they swapped him to the Angels last season.