Re: Well BEN, our bullpen is thin because it is decision time for one Stevie DREW........
posted at 6/15/2013 9:11 AM EDT
You have to understand, Drew does not matter because he is old. He's like 30 or something.
Fans hate "depth." The word sounds too much like "death." Is there anythong good in the English language that sounds like "death"?
Also fans hate older players, especially those blocking youth and "potential", which is easily the most deceiving word in the English language. "Potential" is that incredible beauty who agrees to go out with you, but after a fun (and rather expensive) evening, insists on a handshake at the door.
Fans cried "Get rid of Coco Crisp!! Get rid of Coco Crisp!! Ellsbury is better!! Ellsbury is better!" And fans got their wish. Crisp was jettisoned for a mediocre reliever. Ellsbury did have one spectacluar season in 2011, but has not been much better than Crisp since Coco left town.
Fans cried "Get rid of Papelbon!! Get rid of Papelbon!! Bard is better!! Bard is better!!!" Again, they got their wish, and the complimentary handshake at the door. Not many admit they wanted Papelbon gone and that they knew Bard was NEEDED in that role, but it was a very common feeling on this board.
Fans cried "Get riof Loretta!! Get rid of Loretta!! Pedroia is better!! Pedroia is better!" Actually, no one did, and it seemed like the consensus was Loretta should be retained as an insurance policy. Interestingly, this is the one time the younger player really stood out over his predecessor, and also the one time no one had any faith in him.
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