Re: FA's one of my favorite time of the year
posted at 11/3/2013 3:28 PM EST
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
I hope people realize that along determination and talent, it takes a little luck to win it all.
These are some of the crazy things that happened which could be called "lucky" or maybe it was fate:
Hanrahan and Bailey are unable to complete the season. Lucky?....does this team win without Uehara closing?
Iglesias plays at 3rdbase in midseason while Middlebrooks struggles.....surprise!!!! he does know how to hit. Even though he becomes the cantral piece of the big trade his contribution to the team's offense id remarkable and extremely important....John Henry, save a championship ring for this man, he deserves one just like they gave one to Nomar for 2004. Without Iglesias' unexpected offense, does the team even get to the World Series?
Brandon Workman ( a pitcher that didn't figure to be in MLB in 2013 is brought in due to Farrell's displeasure with Aceves) matures quickly and not only fills a hole in the rotation, but fills a hole in the bullpen. Farrell trusts the young man with the ball in postseason, and he doesn't let him down. If Aceves stays and Workman remains in AA do we still win?
Jonny Gomes replaces Victorino in St. Louis and delivers a 3-run game winning homer. If Victorino plays ( with a bad back) do the Red Sox win this crucial game?
David Ross barrels into the Detroit catcher Avila, adding insult to injury, if Ross does not collide with Avila and essentially render him almost useless for the rest of the series, do the Sox get past Detroit?
These are only a few examples of how twists of fate can result in victory or defeat.
Maybe next year , Cherrington builds a better team, a team that looks very impressive on paper...none of us complain, in fact we applaud his efforts....and the team doesn't win a single playoff game.
So, we can speculate and play GM. We can argue and fuss about who they should bring in, who they should resign and who they should bring up. And none of it matters if fate deals us unsurmountable obstacles.
This team was dealt obstacles, in the end, they were mostly blessings in disguise.
The chances of it happening again are extremely slim.
If you followed this team all year, you witnessed something similar to Halley's Comet....don't expect it again....but then again, maybe lightning can strike twice. That's why we watch.
Many of these things that you call "lucky", I would attribute to the amount of depth this team had. One player goes down with an injury or because he is underperforming, someone else always stepped it up.
That said, there is far more luck or randomness in baseball than most people realize.