posted at 8/7/2011 9:29 AM EDT
In Response to Crawford
[QUOTE]How cool was he today? I'm so happy he had this best day -- against the Yankees, no less -- to possibly put all his struggles behind him. Let me be the first to call him "clutch" when it matters the most. :)
Posted by kimsaysthis[/QUOTE]
Nice OP, Kim. Well deserved after a great day and after a season of undue criticism.
To include the 2nd poster's point of the contract being out of whack, I'd like to elucidate a bit.
The contract faced several issues and was really a perfect storm, all of which can only be blamed on Carl in on of the parts. A perfect storm, btw, is a situation where a minimum of three factors hit at one point, thus making that one point much worse (not added to in problematic issues but multiplied) to deal with than if a single issue.
1) Carl was becoming a free agent and was having his best season ever.
After a stellar career in Tampa, he was arguably the finest positioin FA available. THIS IS THE ONE PLACE THE CONTRACT IS HIS FAULT. Imagine that, he played well enough, worked hard enough to be a perennial all star. Stupid guy. Why would he ever do that?
Not to mention, he was a Sox killer ....
Nobody, and I mean nobody, said he was the 2nd coming of Ted Williams, but he was the best guy out there. Only sarcastic "fans" later called him the 2nd coming.
2) The Washington Nats had just signed Jason Werth to a 7 year/ $127 million deal which skewered the FA market in an upward spiral from the get go.
3) The Red Sox had just come off an injury plagued season, and outfield help was needed. There was both known competition and the always lurking presence of the NYYs. It is well known that LAA was in the hunt and in a marginal annual difference of about $2 million a season. The larger issue was Boston added 2 more season than LAA.
4) Having lost a star 1bman to New York in painfully close memory, the Red Sox FO said there is no way we will lose Carl to a suc ker move like before. Top Sox brass went on record to say the BIG SPLASH was coming. THE FO SAID THERE WAS NO WAY ON EARTH CARL WAS GONNA GET TO BE HOME IN THE BRONX.
5) Accepting the contract in Boston is also Carl's fault. I add this secondarily, because no one forced his hand. But I add it because there is the inherent expense (or pressure) of the rabid Red Sox fan base that is wonderful in its support but uber-critical in its micro-move complaint area.
I would say we are that way because of the years of hardship before, but I also thought those years gave us an almost natural support for the underdog ... but success in some fan's eyes has ripped away that once pleasant part of being a Sox fan.
In short, Kim - and I'm not preaching to you, believe me - the contract IS a huge issue.
But of all the people in baseball, we ought to be happy with it!
His difficult start ought to ellicit support and encouragement for this season and the 6 to come.
I can't see why people drive him into the ground since he's gonna a be a Sox for so long. BUILD HIM UP!!! HELP HIM FEEL GLAD HE'S HERE and the returns will be gratifying.
Thanks again, Kim, for this thread. Kudos!