Peep Show

Updated: February 2, 2004, 9:37 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League
Boston Red Sox: For decades, football teams have had the secure feeling of heading into their seasons with every single ticket sold long before the first kickoff. With ten times as many home dates, baseball teams do not enjoy such comfort. The 2004 Red Sox are different, however. Michael Silverman of the Boston Heralds reports the team is extremely close to meeting this goal. According to Silverman's research, only the Cleveland Indians of the mid-'90s have previously achieved this incredible attendance feat.

Detroit Tigers: How did the Tigers land Pudge Rodriguez (whose signing is expected to be officially announced today)? By giving him that which Rodney Dangerfield never gets and what Aretha Franklin sang about in 1967: respect. So suggests Gene Guidi of the Detroit Free Press. Of course, being the highest bidder helped. In fact, it would be interesting to know if Pudge's agent, Scott Boras, has ever once steered a client to a lesser financial offer because of intangibles.
Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at