Re: Not Upset with last nite's Loss
posted at 8/12/2011 3:53 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Not Upset with last nite's Loss
In Response to Re: Not Upset with last nite's Loss : A fair point. If you or any other fan honestly feels that way, that Lester should not have gone back out there, you absolutely are entitled to your opinion. My heartburn isn't with those who occasionally disagree with Francona. Anyone could do that. Heck, they may even be right. My bias, of course, is that Francona knows his players a lot better than we do. Wed night, for example, his bullpen did not have a full tank of gas with Bard and Pap off the the list. The score was tied, which could have meant extra innings on a night when the Sox were playing their 20th game in 20 days. And so on. But I agree with you it's OK to disagree with that decison. My heartburn is with those fans, and there are a number of them on this board, who emphatically believe that Francona never does anything right, that all wins are because of the players and that all losses are his fault. That point of view is to me unsupportable. And to me those fans are false fans, boo birds, or whatever. The Sox, after a slow start, are having a great year so far despite pitching issues (Dice-K and Buchholz on the DL; Lackey was on it, also Lester; etc). And still we have these "fans" rising up after every single loss telling the rest of us how stupid Francona is. I don't buy that. And guess what? I'm entitled to that opinion as much as you are to yours. And guess what else? There is not a single sports commentator--for ESPN, SI, MLB.COM, Fox TV, sporting news, etc--anywhere who would agree with those Sox fans who say Francona is too stupid to manage this team.
Posted by maxbialystock
You're right, Francona does many, many right things. My problem is that every other manager also does many. many right things. Like making out the lineup, playing a 1st baseman at 1st base, a 2nd baseman at 2nd base etc.
We all know that all losses are not due to his lack of managing ability. Too many are due to his inept managing abilities. Many games that we complain about, might be losses anyway, but we want him to try to win winnable games, EVERY TIME! I refuse to accept not trying to win any game that is within reach.
As far as the sports commentators are concerned, they look at Francona the same way you do. The team is winning consistently, so Francona must be doing a great job. Would you call the voters for Manager of The Year, sports commentators?? 7+ years of the Sox winning, and not even in the top 3 vote getters. Maybe , just maybe, the caliber of players has been better than the players available to any other manager in Sox history.
In my opinion, most of the past managers of the Sox would be enjoying the kind of results that Francona enjoys if they had the talent to work with that he's had.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Sox of the last 7+ years would have experienced better, much better, results with a few of the past managers.
He, himself, has said on more than one occasion that he's been very lucky to have the talent that the front office has provided him with.
As far as him being stupid......as far as managing ability is concerned, he is not the brightest bulb on the circuit.