Season record - I predicted .500 /correct about improving but way off on wins/D+
I predicted "about" 81 wins. So far we have 91 wins, which is "about" 81 (off by only one digit). I give myself an A. Hey-I wasn't that far off, right?
Napoli - I liked the original signing but hated the extended contract talks and thought they shoudlve dumped him/D
I liked the Napoli signing and after a lot of grief that I gave him during his slump, it turns out I was right about him. I give myself an A.
Shane V - I liked him and though he still had some spark left to help the team/B
I liked the Victorino signing EXCEPT that I thought it was for one year too long, making it a bad deal. Therefore, I am giving myself an incomplete. If he does well in year 3 then I will fail myself and assign an F.
Drew/Iggy - I was right about Iggy being a stud even without MLB experience when most disagreed, I was wrong about Drew for the last half the season (A & D) = C
I thought the Drew signing was a good one because I thought (and still think) that Iggy will end up too weak a hitter to play for us despite his defensive wizardry. Drew was always a short term investment until our young SS were ready. Grade: A
Dempster - I liked him and thought he would be good (C-)
I didn't like Dumpster then; I like him even less now. I predicted an ERA around 5; its 4.71 as of this morning. Grade: A for me; F for Dumpster.
Manager JF - I was hesitant at first with Ben's obsession to sign him but came around quickly when I realized he would be a very good counterpoint to the Valentine managing massacre of 2012 (B)
I thought Farrell was a good choice then and despite some tactical and strategic mistakes, overall he has done an excellent job. Grade: A
Papi - I was the most vocal about getting him resigned and had total confidence in his abilities, unlike some folks named Bill/ A
Because of his production in 2012 (.318/1.026) I believed before the season started that he would continue to be productive, and he has. This one was easy. Grade: A
Lackey - I had hope for him upon seeing his fitness work...not exactly a prediction of any sort but hey i wasnt cursing the guy / B
I thought Lackey would do better than during his last season pitching in 2011, but not this good. I thought an ERA around 4.20 or so was to be expected. He has fortunately performed much better than that, so I give myself a C.
Gomes - I had no use for this guy because of Ross/Nava - turned out pretty good and I pretty wrong....intangibles do matter - D
I am abstaining on Gomes because I had no predictions about him at all. I didn't think he would be a huge part of the team; he isn't, for the most part. He is a platoon player who has had some good moments, to be sure, but he is not a major reason we are at 91 wins when compared to some other guys.
Ben Cherington - see Gomes grade - D for getting it mostly wrong about chemistry moves
I had a "show me" prediction about Cherington, so there is no grade assignment here either. He has, obviously, pressed the right buttons so far. I didn't have any idea whether he would be successful or not.
One more: Lester. He has done MUCH better than I expected, especially after Aug 1. I still don't see him as an Ace, but a good #2-3 SP. Because I was wrong about his performance this year, I have to accept a D here.
OVERALL - appro/C- when dividing grades by 10
My overall Grade: B+, because I was more willing to go out on a limb and actually predict some numbers than Breidey and so I deserve a better grade, no matter what his opinion is.