Re: LET'S PREPARE FOR WS
posted at 8/8/2013 7:37 PM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
javi60, you and I are on completely different sides of this issue. You are basically saying this team is a bunch of underachievers, and I emphatically believe they are overachievers and that chemistry has been a big part of their success. You want to treat a big chunk of the guys who have helped bring success which was completely, totally unexpected, as malcontents and bums.
What has worked so far, and we are now over 2/3 into the season, is Farrell's leadership supported by Ben C and their joint belief that, when it comes to deals and tweaks, less is more and relying on veterans is the way to go. Iglesias, the brilliant fielding rookie 3B/SS, left to make it possible to get the veteran starter Peavy.
If you had your way, I am certain Drew, who hit another game winning dinger last night, would be long gone by now. Ditto Gomes, who has actually been hitting well since early June. And probably some others.
As for tweaking the lineup, that could very well happen, but it won't be because of the WS and will be because of the desire to just get into the playoffs. In other words, first things first.
You are also dead wrong about Buchholz, whose own view of his status was confirmed by the leading orthopedist in MLB, Dr Andrews. What you can't seem to see is that there isn't a player on the roster who doesn't crave to be in every inning of every game. They are all in hog heaven because no one expected to have the best record in the AL on August 8, 2013 and a 2.5 game lead in the very competitive AL East.
The OP is just a total misread on your part. You remind me of Bobby Valentine.
Most of the times, it is healthy to disagree... I have enjoyed reading your rebuttal, except for your reference to Bobby Valentine, which I have the right to call " a cheap shot"... But putting that aside let me argue as follows:
a) My key arguments as of late started before the last West coast trip when we had a 4and a half lead, saying this team was for real , but with a long hot summer to go, had to sacrifice part of the prospects and trade, trade and trade...We kept the Farm, got Peavy which is fine, but lost Iglesias the SS of the next decade. Hope it works.
b) have never said a word against Drew, Gomes, Salty, etc., except that Peedie, my favorite player is not a third hitter, that I would prefer hitting him second, as always, and Papi, third, ditto
c) have been a small contributor in the massive posting against Napoli, even started a thread on the subject, claiming to hit him lower or platooning him, like today.
d) have questioned and will continue to criticize Farrell, as a strategic manager in the dugout, but praised him calling him a master of chemistry in Clubhouse... I do not like some of his maneuvers, and have given my reasons. for instance, you do not sit a hitter that has two four hits games in a row, let the streak ends then rest him... if Papi is sick, I apologize.
e) In sum, you are right when you say nobody expected the Sox where they are... Great, fantastic, but precisely, why stop here?... I give my reasons, you give yours... Fine... democracy at work... Why then the Valentine issue?
f) Finally, let it be known that I do not work for Sox or the Globe, that I love the Sox since i was a kid during the 1946 season , when possibly your father was not born...
( I reserve the right to continue, forgot the third base dilemma or tragedy..)
Now I must prepare for tonights game...