-P- With Mike Lowell winning the World Series MVP award and Josh Beckett finishing the postseason with a ridiculous 37 strikeouts, two walks and four earned runs in 30 innings, I bet there isn't a single person in Boston still wringing hands about the Hanley Ramirez trade.
-P- Joe Girardi is pretty likely to be the Yankees' next manager. I hadn't really thought of it the way Pat does, but he's probably right - this could become a bad situation that's made even worse by the fact that for the next couple years, the Yankees aren't likely to be the powerhouse they once were, what with Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and now A-Rod all potentially leaving. Accepting the Yankees job now means setting yourself up for all kinds of criticism, and it'll only look worse if there are tensions between the manager and the management anyway.
By the way, the Rangers have to be doing backflips right now - they're completely out from under the money they owed A-Rod, three years ahead of schedule.