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“Friends of Cody Ross” say the Red Sox are in the lead for his services

Nov 27, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

Adding to our list of favorite expressions from the offseason hot stove reports: “friends of [player] say …”

Which, by the way, I think it totally legit. Just often incomplete. Friends often know stuff. But how close are these friends? Is the player one of those guys with a close circle of trusted comrades, or a party guy with a hundred friends? Do Internet friends count? So many questions.


Also, are there ever implied air quotes? Because “friends” of Cody Ross is totally different than “friends of Cody Ross.”  I dunno. Just asking.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM


  2. uyf1950 - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    If the Sox signed a poor imitation of Cody Ross to play left field (Jonny Gomes) for 2 years $10MM what do you think the real product will cost? I think at least 3 years/$24MM. The Gomes signing is looking more and more like a waste.

  3. crispybasil - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Sounds like a philanthropic group. “Friends of Cody Ross is an organization of like-minded individuals devoted to preserving Cody Ross for future generations to enjoy.”

  4. ktourek - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Are those ‘sources’ also friends of Cody Ross?

  5. sportsdrenched - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    “freinds of Cody Ross” is way more legit that my brother-in-law the realtor showed said coveted Free Agent/Coach/Executive a house in whatever chic Burb those sorts of people live in around major league cities.

  6. pisano - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    And what a prize he is!

  7. proudlycanadian - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Friends of mine have no comment on the report indicating that friends of Cody Ross think that Boston is in the lead in the thrilling fight for the services of Ross over the next 3 years.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Proudly, didn’t you comment the other day that having 2 players named Ross would only confuse the equipment people in Boston? Or was that a different poster?

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

        That was me. My friends are not sure if Olney is right, but his track record in statements of this nature inspires doubt as to his accuracy. Thus, they do not want to comment at this time.

  8. randygnyc - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    How about these “friends” are actually the Boston front office leaking this for negotiating leverage with Swisher?

  9. uyf1950 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    How is it that there is a group called “The Friends of Cody Ross” but no corresponding group called “The Friends of David Ross”. Am I sensing a bit of right field bigotry towards the left fielders?

    • uyf1950 - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      Apologies I meant to delete the question and end it after the quotation marks but instead hit post. I know David Ross is the catcher not the left fielder.

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