Re: Open letter to Red Sox: On the front burner participants
posted at 9/19/2011 10:21 AM EDT
In Response to Open letter to Red Sox: On the front burner participants
[QUOTE]I have recently posted "beat writer", Peter Abrahams "columns" which were critical of the Sox. I hope Mr. Abraham will admit he was wrong when the Sox make it to the World Series. I would like to know if you truly believe that this team doesn't have the true strength and internal fortitude of a champion? Can you tell me that messrs. Pedroia/Ortiz/Papelbon/Beckett/Youkilis/Ellsbury/Varitek/Lester/Gonzalez would ever quit? This team will battle to the end. It's made up of quality, hard nosed baseball players whose main purpose since the season started was to bring home another championship. And I truly believe they will.
Posted by fir.eballer58[/QUOTE]
firestarter, everything Abraham writes, everything Curly writes, Edes from espnboston, Ryan, everyone....all of it is about trying to cater (he-he) to the masses--regular Sox Nation. There's no conspiracy, or anything that someone on this board hasn't either already analyzed, brought up, or gave reasonable thought about. In fact, it's old news every time one of the Globe writers/bloggers write something that we talked about 2 or 3 days prior to seeing it in print. When a team goes into a massive team slump in September and the once-vaunted starting staff is ultimately down to 2 true top guys--Lester-Beckett--and your 3rd baseman is Lowell-esque in his injuries, and your LF is a glorified platoon player, and your starting catcher is falling apart due to over-use---well you're going to see a lot of stories about the team losing it. The team might be a playoff team, and frankly, might not be.
I went on record a long time ago, and said I didn't think the Sox would make the playoffs because of the 2-10 start, taking into account that the team could fall into a similar malaise late in the season and that's exactly what has happened. If the team loses out on a playoff spot, remember that 2-10 start, it may have been what killed them in the long run. Still, the team can make it, and has control over its destiny. I see nothing wrong with doom-sayer talk, and even the talk that there is a lethargy on the team (maybe there is). Tito's managing went from to me AL Manager of the Year to odd-strange-Jimyball of late, but then the injuries have taken a toll, and Tito is following a Bill James Chart of Rules along with Theo regarding who to play and when to play them and when to pull them.
As for Abraham, what he is writing isn't anything different than what is regularly talked about on this chatboard. Remember that Lester was being thrown under a bus and Pedroia just a week ago--and that's a Cy Young type guy and a past MVP. Everyone is upset with what is going on, and they have a right to be upset. It's called being a caring fan.