Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part I
posted at 2/6/2014 12:31 AM EST
Farrell seems to have very little tolerance for mental errors. Nava appeared to mess up what he thought was a hit and run sign and got benched immediately and then we start hearing Farrell talking about how "smart" Gomes is. That play with Salty appeared to be mainly a mental error also.
I do think Sox management viewed it that way, and there was a cumulative element to it as well. I said as soon as the season was over, "there's no way Ben pays big money for a guy who was benched for Ross when it counted the most." They clearly lost confidence in Salty, and that play was the final straw.
It's pure speculation on my part but I don't think Farrell likes looking bad when a guy misses a sign or makes a mental error like that. Farrell is cautious and cerebral. He just doesn't make bad decisions like that and does not like players who do.
Gomes may be "smart" and a great bench/clubhouse guy, but he's a butcher on defense. I'm not sure if it makes much difference why a play is botched, but it does seem that Ben hates the mental ones more.
I saw Gomes mess up a play where he could easily have taken a base later on in the series and blew it but nothing gets said then. Gomes was clearly Farrell's binky.
I was going to bring up that play by Gomes as well,,, and others.
I never thought of Nava as a bonehead. I thought he got a raw deal last November.
And why was it that every single ball hit to Gomes was like a highlight reel play. He milks everything as if it was some sort of spectacular play when it often is routine. Victorino has some of that in him also. Banging into the wall when he's standing still right next to it.
Shane had a fantastic defensive year, but I also noticed he made some easier plays look difficult.