Too Much Emphasis on AL East Standings and Not Focused On Performance.....
posted at 5/7/2011 10:46 AM EDT
The following article was posted on WEEI's website and the comments made by Tim Wakefield, with regards to the AL East Standings are rather concerning and if other player's on this Red Sox team share the same feelings such opinions may very well be the demise of the 2011 season.
I wish that one veteran of this organization would come forward and simply state the obvious, "At this point in the season we stink as a team. We are collectively showing a complete lack of passion and commitment to playing as a winning ballclub".
Looking at the standings and commenting that we are ok because no one is running away with the division is incomprehensible and an insult to the very fans that support the team's existence. Regardless of our place in the standings, 5 games or 50 games out of first place, this team, as constructed, should be running away with the division and instead the team, almost to a man, is simply finding new excuses daily to support the team's lackluster performance thus far and commitment to playing as a winning, committed ball club. It appears to me that players on this team believe all of the pre-season hype that the 2011 Red Sox team is the annointed WS Champion and that the performance on the field will not, or does not, factor into the equation.
I made the comment prior to the season that regardless of how the team lined up on paper that nothing had been accomplished yet and that championships have never been won by sportswriter and fan expectations but rather by the performance put forth on the field. So far, the team on the field hasn't come close to living up to the pre-season billing and nothing that I have seen leads me to believe that all of the moving parts will become a cohesive winning unit anytime soon. A winning streak here and there won't cut it. To be a champion requires winning the games that you are expected to win and most of those that are questionable. I don't like the tone that is being cast from this team thus far and hopefully the direction takes a 180 degree turn immediately.
Read the following article, in particular the comments made by Wakefield, and draw your own conclusion. In my opinion someone needs to come forward and become the true leader of this team and take control of a slowly sinking ship. It appears that team chemistry is not there and no one is willing to come forward and fire up the troops. Come on guys, wake up!!!
Wakefield: 'Wouldn't push the panic button' Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield, following his team's 9-2 loss to the Twins that dropped Boston's record to 14-18 on the season, said that it remained premature to panic about the club. He noted that, while the team's sub-.500 record is unimpressive, its five-game deficit in the American League East remains manageable.
"I think we need to play a little better but you can’t look at our record technically. You just look at where we are in the standings in the East -- we’re only five games out and it’s May. It’s not like we’re 10 or 12 games out," said Wakefield, who gave up eight runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings. "We’re still in the thick of things, even though we’re in last place. We’re still only five games out. There’s been a number of times we’ve been in July and been in second place five games out of first. I don’t think it’s an issue.
"I think we need to play better," he added. "Just, we need to fire on all cylinders but I wouldn’t push the panic button because technically we’re only five games out of first place. It’s not that far."