Re: Theo haters may get their wish
posted at 8/24/2011 4:36 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Theo haters may get their wish
[QUOTE]This Theo bashing drives me crazy. The whole argument against him is that every FA signing hasn't been perfect. The team doesn't win a championship for 86 years, but you believe that the GM who has won two of them in the past 7 years is crap. Such perspective blames a leader for every problem, but does not give him any credit for the successes. The Sox have won at least 90 games almost every year he has been here, have always been a least .500, and they have made the playoffs for all but two seasons. How about the Ortiz signing? Say what you want about Drew, but overall numbers put him within the top 5 right fielders over the time he has been with us, not to mention he had some key moments in the 2007 playoffs. He is also a very good fielder who gets perfect jumps on balls, and he was the only decent replacement of Trot Nixon at the time. What some people don't understand is that nothing is guarenteed in baseball. Most of the time, the top free agents are 30 years old or older, which means that they are already on the down-slope of their prime or past it. Much of the money that they get is for showing that they already have been a successful player; they are not prospects. You either overpay for just about any top free agent that you get, or you simply don't sign any free agents. Yes, what seems like a good signing at the time may not end up working out, but that's baseball. Now let's look at development... Pedroia, Ellsbury, Lester, Papelbon, Buchholz, Bard, and (I believe) Youkilis were all drafted by Theo. Let's think about how great of a core these players are before we start trashing him. Think of some non-moves - letting Pedro go at the right time, finally getting rid of Manny before the awful years and steroid scandal, not trading Lester for Santana... to name a few. How about the Curt Schilling trade during Thanksgiving? Could anyone else have pulled that off? The guy made a successful pitch for joining the team at the dinner table during a holiday! He drafted Hanley Ramirez, which led to Beckett and Lowell. Some bullpens haven't been good, but two great patched together bullpens won the Sox two rings, and this year's has been doing quite well. You blame Theo for 4 bad months of Crawford, but you don't thank him for 4 great months of Gonzalez (the prospects needed to get him? ... drafted and developed under Theo). Theo wanted Gonzalez before he even played a major league game. He has also wanted Salty for a few years, and people were quick to trash him (as they were quick to trash Pedey his first couple months), but now he has been a solid, young catcher. Then in the same posting thread, people like to say how good of a job Cashman has done. Yeah, the Yankees haven't had any free agent busts.. right? There's GMs out there who have PERFECT track records.. right? One last thing... how many Super Bowls have the Pats won without Pioli?
Posted by rharts9[/QUOTE]
This is just a great post.
Of course, you understand that there's way too much logic in it for the "nattering nabobs of negativity" to pay it any mind, don't you?
Keep thinking that way. The forum needs more positive thinking and common sense.