Coming Out of Left Field

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Red Sox rumor

For quite a while now there've been stories about the Sox being interested in cricket star Adam Gilchrist. I was reminded of this the other day by a column on Sports Central asking if the 33-year-old Aussie would become the next Jason Varitek. Though it seems unlikely (a search on the Red Sox official site produced no results) and it makes very little sense, the story apparently won't die.

To satisfy my curiosity once and for all, I submitted a question to Gordon Edes' "mailbag" on Boston.com, then promptly forgot about it -- until today, when I checked his latest column. For those who don't want to scroll, here's my question along with Edes' answer:

Apologies if this has been answered before, but is there any truth to the story that the Sox made an offer to Australian cricket star Adam Gilchrist? If so, how serious was the offer? This has been floating around for at least a month now, and I just came across a fan editorial asking if Gilchrist is going to be the next Jason Varitek. According to an AP story cited in the editorial, first base coach Jon Deeble said Gilchrist was worth a look. But as people have learned, you can't believe everything you read on the Internet.
[soxfan], Somerville

A: Urban legend, [soxfan], according to the Sox. Deeble is a minor-league manager, not the first-base coach, and while he is an Aussie, he is not lobbying the Sox to sign what I believe is a 33-year-old cricket star who has never played baseball.

In other words, no go for Gilchrist, and one more baseball rumor for the folks who run Snopes.

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