Re: Over confident & Under prepared???
posted at 4/13/2011 3:49 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Over confident & Under prepared???
[QUOTE]The Sox have underperformed for at least the first 10 games in each of the last 5 seasons, go look it up. Players this year were talking about winning 100 games!!!! That's unbelievable to me. That's a serious lack of leadership and accountability. Take a page from the Pats book, THEIR coach doesn't let them look 2 weeks ahead, nevermind overlooking the WHOLE REGULAR SEASON. I'm with you, I also was concerned before the season started. I've questioned the intelligence in handling these big league starters with such kiddie gloves and pitch counts all preseason. They do that, and expect these pitchers to suddenly push themselves through a rough spot when they haven't had to at any point? It stats at the top with Lucchino and Theo and permeates through every level. There is a place for all these extended stats and cautious approach...scouting and the minors. There is a time and place to be buddies, but NEVER as the manager! Management 101, don't get too friendly with subordinates, it undermines your own authority. Francona missed that class I guess. There seems to be an obvious fundamental flaw in the way the Sox approach spring training and the early regular season. Different players, same exact story as last year. Not hitting, not pitching, not fielding particularly bad....how sad the one bright spot is the adequate fielding. Pathetic. I hope everyone at Yawkey way has gained a little humility, and let this be the LAST time anyone brings up win totals before the g o d d a m n e d season has even started!
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NO doubt about it! Other teams are coming in locked & loaded.... Ready to shove that hype up our @$$es! I understand the desire for a team wanting "hype" the upcoming season, BUT there was ABSOLUTELY NO NEED to do that! They had us at A-Gon. Crawford put us over the top!
OVER THE TOP Hyping, that quickly trickled down to the players, combined with a laissez faire attitude toward MANAGING & COACHING, was a recipe for disaster!
OK! Enough naval gazing! I THINK it's clear what got this team to where we are today! NOW..... How do we right this ship???? IN A HURRY!
FIRST..... NO MORE BS from our starting pitchers! If they are giving up NEEDLESS WALKS & putting us in the early whole....... Yank em! Have one of our 'young guns' from Triple A waiting in the wings for the early switch..... I actually have MUCH MORE faith in ANY KID waiting for a break, than I do in Dice-K or Lackey. Thank God Beckett appears to have discovered his other two long lost pitches! HE LOOKED AWESOME Sunday night! Buchholz WILL come around..... SOON! I pray! Lester WILL BE SOLID! He at least ALWAYS comes ready to play!:)!
Salty???? I still think this is a slllllllloooooooowwww moving train wreck in action...... I simply think our pitchers have it in their heads that they just don't trust him to call a good game! yes! They shake off Tek too, but I see that more as a collaborative effort & their own uncertainty with 'their stuff.'
I agree that Tek can't catch the majority of a season anymore. He also does a poor job of helping keep runners honest. His bat doesn't look too hot either...
I guess we simply have to pray that Salty starts rolling..... Builds some confidence, so he can transmit that to the pitchers????? Tough task for a 'rookie,' which he really is! No matter what, he simply NEEDS to 'grow a pair' real quick, man up, & AT LEAST CARRY HIMSELF like he owns the place. Probably a hollow gesture, but it certainly couldn't hurt???
SS??? I love Scutaro for his grit, but I think Lowrie needs to be our 1st string SS???????? NO! This is not even near our main problem at the moment, but Lowrie's numbers last year suggest that he IS READY! Take his 52 games last year & extrapolate........ The numbers look good!
DON'T PANIC! Just take control!