Re: no "named" closer, right field is a guessing game, the rotation is unstable...WHAT IS BEN DOING?
posted at 12/25/2011 6:14 PM EST
In Response to Re: no "named" closer, right field is a guessing game, the rotation is unstable...WHAT IS BEN DOING?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: no "named" closer, right field is a guessing game, the rotation is unstable...WHAT IS BEN DOING? : Prior to new management taking over in 2003, the Red Sox had won 5 playoff games in 16 years. Prior to that, we had made the playoffs 4 times in 68 years. The structure has changed obviously, but we've won a lot more playoff games since 2003 than we did in the previous 85 years.
Posted by Joebreidey[/QUOTE]
Prior to 2004, I remember telling my friends and relatives that I'd sacrifice 10 years of last place finishes for just one ring. Do whatever it takes, go cheap for 5 years, spend big for one and win it, then go cheap for 5 more...fine with me....JUST WIN ONE RING!
The frustration of coming so close so many years, and not so close so many more piled up. For some Sox fans who haven't been around for as long as some of us (me since 1971), maybe it's hard to truly feel the immense gratitude most of us long-timers felt in October 2004. It was amazing. Joy, jubilation, and relief from years of dejection.
Of course once we won the ring, my feeling about being OK to be terrible for 10 years vanished. I wanted more, but deep inside felt that 2004 was enough to last a lifetime. 2007 was a blessing and strengthened the feeling that perhaps we could keep winning every 2-5 years or so. We kept some strong teams "on paper", and were perhaps somewhat disappointing the last 4 years, but the 2 rings are still strongly implanted in my heart. There's just no way the "collapse" of 2011 rivals the "collapse of 1978", the heartbreaks of '75, '86 and '72. I wanted a ring and thought we were good enough to strongly contend for the 2011 Championship, but it just wasn't there. I'm not going to moan and cry about it. We played great for 4 months and horribly for 2. It was an exciting year to watch the Sox and baseball altogether.
I certainly want another ring, sooner rather than later, but am willing to not be locked into a "we better win next year or else" attitude. I see our chances being better in 2013 than 2012. I don't want to give up on 2012; I still think we are a top 7 team as is, and could get better with a couple minor moves, but I don't want to sacrifice the future to try and win it all in 2012 by over-reaching and making some bad long-term decisions for the sake of just giving us a slightly better chance in 2012. There are some strong teams lined up for 2012. We could spend $30-40M more this winter and still not be favorites.
We spent a lot this April to keep us stronger for several more years by extending AGon and Buch. That money did not count towards the 2011 luxury tax limit, but will begin counting in 2012. That's where this winter's money went. Henry and Ben are not being "cheap", they spent a boatload of money to keep these two guys in Boston. Does anyone not want them here?
I think keeping under the cap makes sense this year. It will give us a great shot to remain competitive for years to come (including 2012). Plus, there's always July to make a big splash if it looks like we are a player away...
We are nicely placed for the next 3-5 years. That's a nice Christmas present to me. Yes, I want a ring in 2012, but knowing we should have a good chance to win one over the next 5 years, is a pretty good feeling. Greed is not a virtue. Hope is.