Re: My Apologies, I Was Wrong About The Red Sox
posted at 10/30/2013 11:30 AM EDT
I was absolutely in the same boat. The players weren't likeable (even Pedey was being a spoiled brat), and it appeared management had basically mailed in the next few years after the big trade, and had the intent on starting from scratch.
But with the firing of Valentine, the hiring (and trade) of Farrell bringing the players back together, signing a lot of second-tier players for second-tier money as opposed to making the same mistakes, this team became likeable again. And that was just to start the season.
Everyone should truly enjoy this moment, not just because it's the championship, but because the odds are against them from doing it again next year. Obviously, this team has overachieved. You look at the starting staff on the Sox and compare it to Detroit or St. Louis. You look at the middle of the lineup for those two teams compared to the Sox. The Sox don't match up.
But this team has displayed heart, poise, and chemistry more than just about any other team I've ever seen.
No matter what people say, that 2004 team was stacked. The #8 hitter won the batting title, and had one of the best 1-2 punches in the rotation in the past decade. Their lineup consisted of - Damon, Manny, Trot, Mueller, Millar, Papi, Cabrera, Varitek, Bellhorn. They were stacked. And while they were fun to watch horse around in the dugout and what not, this team has more grittiness to it.
I'm proud as hell of this team, regardless of how this shapes up. The way they've come together has been magical, and I flat-out didn't see it coming. I was expecting 80 wins, with an 85 ceiling. Anybody who said they would push the 100 win mark was kidding themselves.