Re: Lets have your best reasons why Alfredo Aceves is now the most interesting man in the world......
posted at 10/22/2013 1:15 AM EDT
In response to royf19's comment:
I wonder what he's thinking. He could have been part of it if he kept his head on.
It's a shame too, because he did help the Sox at a critical times when the Sox needed a starting pitcher. He had that embarrassing effort against Oakland, but in his other five starts he went:
5 IP, 2 ER, ND, Sox lose.
5 IP, 3 ER, W
6 IP, 1 ER, W
6 IP, 1 ER, W
5 IP, 1 ER, W
The Sox were 4-2 in his starts and 7-4 in his appearances. Had he kept his head straight, maybe he would have been the pitcher to replace Buchholz for three months.
Had he accepted his role as a spot starter and middle reliever, he could have been part of something special. In fact, he might have had the chance to prove to teams he could be a regular starter. I can just picture him, every time he's seen the Sox in the postseason on TV, he probably walks over to a wall, starting banging his head against it, muttering, "Stupid, stupid, stupid."
Daniel Bard and Aceves each died by the same sword. They both couldn't accept roles that didn't involve being a starting pitcher. Both were mostly very effective as relievers or middle guys or setup guys, both were deemed closers at one point, but one didn't want the job (Bard), and the other still fancied himself a SP. Both were integral part of Sox staff at different times in their careers, both did not last in Boston. Both left out of the party. Sad.