Re: Possible alternatives for more production from 1B
posted at 8/11/2013 1:10 PM EDT
In response to jgallag1's comment:
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
They had a potential star for firstbase, but they traded him away....because they panicked when he didn't hit enough homeruns....then they repalced him with a guy who is thriving in Tampa.
The revolving door at firstbase will continue just like the revolving door at shortstop. Until someone exercises a little patience and doesn't think every time the team jumps out to a good first half, they need to sell off the farm for better chance to win it all.
Today's successful franchises do not change from rebuilding to "win it all now" every time the wind changes direction. Make a plan and stick with it, stop changing in mid-stream.
Businessmen make lousy baseball owners, unless they hire people who know what they are doing and keep hands off....hear that Larry?
"Here we are trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.- Kurt Vonnegut
No, they had a legitimate star at first base. There's no doubt about it, and I don't think that anyone here would argue with that fact. They wanted to get rid of Beckett and Crawford (more importantly those contracts) to rebuild in a year. The only way that they could do that was to part with Gonzo. If they could have done the same trade without including him, they would have done that in a heartbeat. At the same time, a lot of what this team is doing (and what most teams who win do) is play with chemistry. You don't need an all star at every position, you need a team who pull together and feed off each other. Gonzo never looked like that kind of guy in Boston. He actually does look like that kind of player in LA and always did in SD, but for whatever reason, he never seemed to really fit in with the Sox. Does that make that much of a difference? I dunno, but he was part of that trade last year because the Dodgers wouldn't do it without him, not because the Sox wanted to dump him.
i totally agree with this post minus the part about his clubhouse status. in 2012, everyone was miserable and malcontent. singling A-gon out is unfair. If you look to 2011 he was an integral part of the clubhouse. he played a big role in papis resurgance (ask papi if you don't believe me) and always had a smile on his face during the season. Yeah he made excuses for the collapse after the fact but who didn't? he attributed it to divine intervention, others attributed it to voodo (i said a rays fan gave up his first born). it happens. but for the most part i think he was a positive influence (as much as i can say looking in from the outside) in the clubhouse for most of his tenure here. I'd still love to have him but it was a necessary sacrifice to be rid of CC