Menino? Pshaw!

Super Bowl hype and Spygate hanger-ons? Fuhgettahboutit!

The big news is the Red Sox. No, they did not bankrupt their farm system in an attempt to get Johan Santana and give him money in the Kevin Brown/Mike Hampton/Barry Zito category (yikes, what a club to join!), but they did enough to keep him from the Yankees and into the hands of the Mets.

The Sox signed Sean "The Mayor" Casey, one of the most well-liked, admired, personable, media-friendly, and beloved players in the game of baseball. A sweet-swinging lefty who can fill-in at DH or 1B and gets on base like his name was Youkilis gives the Sox some security if Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkilis, or (heaven-forbid) Big Papi gets hurt during the season. Plus, he cost less than $1 million for this year and no long-term contract.

A-Plus move behind the scenes that will result in the most popular back-up in Boston since Kevin Millar.