But again, the point of this thread wasn't to make Drew out to be the next coming of Ozzie Smith any more than it was to bash Derek Jeter. It was to ask why as knowledgeable baseball fans do we insist on putting so much more emphasis on offense than on defense?
Even now in this discussion I keep hearing about Drew's BA, OPS, and slugging percentage. Those are offensive statistics (in more ways than one!) and that's what he keeps getting bashed for. Why is it that nobody wants to focus on the fact that he's the best fielding SS on this team and his defense is keeping the team in games and giving them a chance to win?
That's kind of my point though, S5.
Most people (I hope) recognize that Drew does a good job defensively...it's not that this isn't important, or is less important than offense, it's that you still have to hit enough to justify a spot in the lineup, because both are important.
I've been a big supporter and defender of Bradley, whose defensive contributions do justify keeping his (so far) weak bat in the lineup, IMO...but it's a lot more difficult to make that argument about a guy who's hitting .120.