Re: To all those who bashed me and called me out
posted at 10/4/2011 2:13 PM EDT
In Response to To all those who bashed me and called me out
[QUOTE]I was right that going 0-6 in April immediately gave away the division (said in week 2) I was right that Crawford would not come around (said in May) I was right (then wrong but then quickly right again) that the Beckett extension was a mistake (said in April of 2010) I was right about Drew (said in early 2009) I was right that Lester is not an ace or big game pitcher (said for about 2 years now) I was right that the team (w/ few exceptions) had given up (said in late August; right after the yankee series) I was right that Francona was part of the problem (being saying that since 2005) I was right that Theo would go all year without bothering to spend a dime on a bona fide left handed reliever (said in April) I was right that Theo should have kept Beltre and VMart and not bothered with Gonzalez and 150 million dollars whilst depleting the farm (said over the winter) I was right that they would not get into the playoffs (said after the Rays took 7 of 8) Now let's see if those folks who started threads to call me out, will now have the class to retract
Posted by andrewmitch[/QUOTE]
1) The Sox lost the division when they went 7-20 in September. They were 2 games up in the division on August 27th, with a better schedule than NY. By definition, they overcame the bad start...who would have expected such a bad FINISH too?
2) Good call on Crawford. I didn't realize how mental his problems were, and how hard it would be for him to get over it. Have to hope an offseason's time off will help, but you were dead right about this.
3) How are you currently "right" about Beckett's extension? He's not perfect, but he's well worth his contract given the price of pitching.
4) Everyone who knew anything about baseball knew the JD Drew signing was bad. He actually did better than most expected of him, I think (mostly because he was a better defender than most thought)
5) You're 100% wrong about Lester, period, end of story. If you think he's no ace, you don't know how to define an ace. Aces gut it out even when they have poor stuff, and keep you in the game...and singlehandedly win games when they're on a roll.
If you didn't notice, Lester's command was a bit off virtually all season, and yet he had a sub-3.00 ERA until he hit a late season wall. I guess that makes him a bum?
Since he became a full-time starter, Lester has had a .670 WP and 3.33 ERA, in Fenway Park in the AL East. That's fantastic. Despite hitting the wall and cutting into his innings this year, he averages 203 innings a year. His ERA+ over the period is 135...CC Sabathia's (an undisputed ace) as a Yankee is 140. Lester isn't the best of the best, but that's not what an ace is.
As for his not winning big games...I guess winning the clinching game of a World Series less than a year removed from having active cancer doesn't amount to anything these days...
6) I'd say the team was more complacent than "given up". Why would you "give up" when you're 9 games ahead in a race for a playoff spot? That makes no sense...though I agree that some players might have given up once the collapse was well underway.
7) You and a bunch of bums on this board have been "convinced" (not "proven right"...use proper terminology) Francona was part of the problem. Apparently you don't agree with the school of thought that players win baseball games, not managers. This isn't the NFL.
8) Theo spent quite a bit more than a dime on LHPs who could have been bone fide LH specialists. Hill would have done the trick if he hadn't gotten hurt, and Morales was actually quite good. Or did you think Theo should grossly overpay for a lefty coming off a great year who likely wouldn't repeat that success? Who would you have had him pursue?
9) How about you wait and see what Matt Barnes, Blake Swihart, Henry Owens, and Jackie Bradley (the players the Sox drafted as compensation for losing Beltre and VMart) become before we decide the offseason "depleted the farm system".
How much did we miss the players we dealt away, anyway?
Kelly had a solid year at AA, but he's still a ways away. It's not like Kelly would have been our late-season minor league fill in SP...Weiland had a better year than Kelly, in AAA instead of AA, and is three years older. Smart teams don't throw 21 year olds into a playoff race unless they're clearly ready.
Fuentes is a high upside, raw player who is many, many years away. He had an acceptable year at high-A ball.
Anthony Rizzo had an excellent year at AAA, but temper those numbers considering they came in the offensive-minded Pacific Coast League. Rizzo had a very tough time in his MLB stint...he would not have been the answer at 1B this year.
10) After the Rays took 7 of 8, the Red Sox were only 2 games ahead with 10 games to play (no team has ever blown such a lead, FYI), and the team was reeling. I bet you were the only one who figured the Sox wouldn't hold the lead, congrats! I now dub you Tiresias!
You sound like one of the many Nancy Negatives who litter this board. I don't think it takes class to retract any criticism of you in light of your post...more like blind foolishness. There's only one thing that you mentioned that I actually agree with and that took any talent for you to foresee...the rest was either patently obvious or is actually dead wrong. This reminds me of the days when firejoemorgan.com was still posting...some of the articles they responded to made my head hurt with the kinds of things they conveyed.