Re: Apathy is what I feel, and what I see
posted at 3/24/2014 1:01 PM EDT
Fan apathy is perhaps to be expected, given the luster of a world championship.
But, I have a hard time seeing club apathy.
First, this is just an annual rite of spring to blow up the organization for not doing enough. Anyone care to dig up last March's nuggets of gold. I don't really care to bother, but there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth over the club not making any big signings, no much needed top of the rotation starter, no big bat in the middle. Sound familiar? There was so much "Poor young Ben overmatched by more experienced GMs" talk that you would think getting him out of diapers was the most crucial part of spring training. As it turns out, he made great moves.
Second, the strategy this year, made possible only by the success of 2013, is to roll out the youth movement. Bradley, Boegarts, sticking with Middlebrooks, signing a fill-in catcher on a short deal while the studs are groomed. Personally, I think this is brilliant and will pay dividends in the years to come. And, even if they do not produce at the level of a marquee free-agent in 2014, they will be a blast to watch develop under the big lights. To me, I feel the polar opposite of apathy about this. The funny thing is, the only thing that might derail the youth movement is the shrewd low-risk gamble pick up of Sizemore.
Also, getting Mujica is gigantic. He may not be Koji, that is too much to expect. But a great back-end bullpen arm. The depth and quality of pen by itself itself makes the Sox post-season ready.
And the rotation? It needs help? Really? Yes, all due respect to Bill and his annoying stupid posts, Buchholz' health is a question mark. But you have Lester, lackey and Buchholz as your top three and that is a problem? Um, no. It is maybe the best top three in the AL outisde of Detroit, and those three beat Detroits top three when it counted, so there you go. And don't tell Felix Doubront that there are three guys above him. And Peavey as fifth starter? I'll take it all year every year (yeah, I know Clay is the nominal fifth starter, but I am talking real-rotation order, not practicality-derived April set-up).
I am not predicting success. I do not know. I never know actually. But, I like the way this particular club is set up. Some see not making major moves as apathy. I see it as good poker: you gotta know when to hold em, know when to fold em, and know when to trot out your rookies.