Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part III
posted at 10/15/2013 2:12 AM EDT
In response to jcri's comment:
I know I was pretty negative last winter and early spring. For a long long time, I was one of the last posters to give up on a Sox season. I started to doubt this team and wondered if we had looked so good on paper and continued to underperform, maybe I was expecting too much: like perfect health and top seasons from several players.
Moon, I love this site for what vim different people bring to the table: Boom loves the kids and keeps us informed, Jid gets us pumped with his ST reports and balanced views (Don't disappear Jid--just ignore...), and you keep us straight with the stats if our theories start to get too wacky. But every so often what I really like that you do is call for something that amazingly comes to pass. After the first game, you said something like, OK, they're pitching great, it's going to be a tough series, but the RS have been resilient all year, they've always found a way--they'll be fine. As I watched every second of yesterday's game and things seemed blacker than black--and then that totally amazing end, I couldn't get what you said out of my mind. Go Sox!!!
I adjusted my thinking at the wrong time. I did not expect things to work out this well. I thought Ben should have gotten a big named player to fill one of our two biggest needs: middle order hitter (J Upton?) or top of rotation starter (A Sanchez), or set ourselves up for 2014 and beyond. I felt Ben did neither, and instead "played it halfway" as I called it.
That being said, I never gave up on this team. I am always and will always be the best Sox fan on this earth. I have been thrilled by the ride so far, and don't want the ride to end until the champagne is flowing.
I like our chances. I'm nto saying we are the favorites after losing home field advantage, but we are a never-say-die team. We have Peavy instead of the two D starters. That's a big plus. We have Uehara and Breslow. We have a balanced offensive attack that goes 10-11 players deep. We have a horse named Papi to ride us off into the sunset, if needed.
What's not to love about this team... every last piece of it!
The naysayers can pick away at our weaknesses, and I can understand their position, since I was there a few times this year, but it's playoff time and anything goes. Time to be a fan and just root for the Sox and expect the best.
Get to Verlander earlt guy! This no hit crahpola is bugging me.