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How’s that trade working out? (XV)

Wily Mo Peña, who’s off to a fast start with the Nationals, pays tribute to the Red Sox and their fans, according to a statement that appears in today’s Herald:

To my sisters, brothers and fans of the Red Sox Nation. I want to take a moment to thank you and the entire Red Sox organization for your support during my time in Boston. Your constant passion for baseball and your beloved Red Sox is unmatched and has touched me deeply. I will always consider you with a special place in my heart.

The Red Sox organization deserves only the best and the Red Sox Nation is just that. Peace in life, Wily Modesto Peña.

No regrets over this trade, no matter how well he does in Washington. The only way Peña can develop into a serviceable major-league player is to play every day, out of the spotlight, and that wasn’t going to happen here. Give him this: If you sent up Wily Mo to pinch-hit with the game on the line, you can be sure he’d at least swing at something — unlike, say, J.D. Drew.

Meanwhile, Bronson Arroyo is now 6-13, with a 4.58 ERA. This one ends with a whimper.

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  1. Suldog

    That is a very classy statement by Wily Mo and I’m sure that all Red Sox fans – whatever they may have thought of him in a Sox uniform – wish him nothing but the best in return.

  2. Anonymous

    I hope Wily Mo gets it together (he’s off to a great start) with the opportunity to play every day. But let’s not throw dirt on our boy Bronson, yet … that Reds team he’s pitching for is woeful. He’ll never win the Cy Young, but he’s generally good for a slightly better than .500 season, with occasional flashes of brilliance, and the ability to pitch out of the pen, thrown in.

  3. Dan Kennedy

    You trolling for Mike? 😉

  4. man who's a red sox fan

    The great thing about Wily Mo is that if he blossoms into a great slugger in the next five years, Theo can overpay for him then, too! 🙂

  5. Steve

    Dan, I thought that was what YOU were doing. :-)Lots of class from Wily Mo. May he see only fastballs in the NL.

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