In case you forgot, J.D. Drew doesn’t have a contract

I owe a debt of gratitude to Jeff Horrigan of the Boston Herald. Today, out of sheer concern for out of the loop readers, he reminded us that the Sox have not yet reached an agreement with J.D. Drew. He even put the situation to an analogy:

…the truth of the matter is the delay has been as exciting as watching a meticulously-thorough accountant pore over every line and number in a complicated tax return.

You know what bothers me more than the overall hackery of that statement? That he described the account as “meticulously-thorough.” 1) No need for a hyphen, because you’re using an adverb to modify an adjective, and 2) the two words are so close in meaning that it’s inane to juxtapose them. I know I’m venturing into nerd territory here, but that is simply terrible writing.

My favorite bit, though: “Agent Scott Boras said late last week the deal was 90 percent complete.” Isn’t that what he’s been saying since December? First off, it’s pointless to quote Boras on matters like this; he has canned answers to everything. Second, if they are 90 percent complete, they’ve made no progress since last year. And, if no progress has been made, there should be less optimism about the deal in Boston.

Boston Herald online has a nifty new feature: rate this article. I’ve seen this feature plenty before, but never in a newspaper sports page. I only wonder if the sports editor actually pays the ratings any mind. Horrigan is sitting on a two-star rating (I gave him a one, and I felt that generous).

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4 Responses to “In case you forgot, J.D. Drew doesn’t have a contract”


  1. 1 CajoleJuice January 23, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    I did forget about this. But the article mentions that the Red Sox probably have been working on how they can get out of paying some of the money when J.D. inevitably gets hurt. I’d be doing the same thing. (Actually, I wouldn’t have agreed to give Drew such a big contract in the first place.)

  2. 2 Del Brennan January 23, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, CajoleJuice.

  3. 3 Di January 25, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Pointing out the unnecessary hyphen AND the redundancy of the “meticulously thorough” juxtaposition in NO WAY places you in nerd territory. In fact, that attention to grammar, along with your observations in another post regarding the Cubs’ apparent lack of understanding of the importance of OBP and taking a walk, has earned you a spot amongst my Favorites … and I’m a first-time visitor! (Is it true Dusty Baker was quoted as saying he didn’t believe in bunting?)

  4. 4 Del Brennan January 25, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Di. I don’t think the Dusty Baker quote to which you refer is about bunting. Unless you’re referring to a different quote, he was saying that (and I’m paraphrasing, but it’s pretty close to 100 percent accurate) he doesn’t like slow runners taking walks because they clog the basepaths.


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