“Dear Santa…” A Boston Sports Christmas Wish List

Red Sox Editorial Use OnlyDear Santa,

I know we’ve been a little spoiled, but we’ve been good this year, haven’t we? I’m not asking for much, in fact, I’m not even asking for myself. Our beloved Boston sports teams could each use a nice gift under the tree this year.

Could you please bring the Red Sox a number two starter? David Price solidifies the top of the Sox rotation, but questions remain after that. Eduardo Rodriguez looks like a nice pitcher for years to come, but we can’t count on him as the number two guy just yet. Clay Buchholz can’t stay healthy, so nobody is counting on him for anything. Rick Porcello won’t be as awful as he was last year, but he’s a number three starter at best. Joe Kelly and Henry Owens have good stuff, but you know as well as I do that they aren’t the guys to slot in after Price. The Sox will be good this year, but a number two starter makes them a strong pennant contender. I would really like that, particularly after two last-place finishes.

Not to get greedy, but can you bring the Bruins some defensemen too? Zdeno Chara is an aging and declining player, and their group of blue liners will hold them back come playoff time. It would be a shame if the league’s number one power play gets wasted by an inability to kill penalties and hold up in front of Tuukka Rask.

I know this one is a doozy, but do you think you can hook the Celtics up with an elite player? Is that too much to ask for? The NBA is a star league, and the Celtics need a star, desperately. They have a million draft picks, they have some nice young players, but they don’t have “the guy.” You need to have “the guy,” and there’s really no way to know when, or if, they’ll get “the guy.” I’ll take an I-O-U if you bring us Kevin Durant next summer. I’ll leave the tree up until then, just in case.

As finally, I’m sure you know what I really, really, really want for Christmas: a fifth Lombardi trophy.

In fact, that’s really all I want for Christmas, to see Tom Brady hoist that trophy again.

Is that too much to ask for?

Oh, and a Red Ryder BB Gun. I promise not to shoot my eye out.

Matt McCarthy is the sports anchor for the Cape Cod Morning News on Classical 107.5 WFCC and a news anchor/reporter for 99.9 The Q, Cape Country 104, and Ocean 104.7. Matt can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston.

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