Re: Rethinking 2013
posted at 1/4/2013 1:23 PM EST
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
This will be the most lovable last place team in baseball, with their 3 intangibles, heart , character and chemistry.
It's a funny thing about posters here....I am not directing this at the O.P. ( who I believe is one of out good ones) or at anyone in particular.
Most of this board was quick to trash Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon and Curt Schilling after their departure and various escapades in their personal lives. But , Schilling had "heart", Manny was a "character, and Damon was key to "chemistry as the leader of the so-called "idiots."
But beyond that , these 3 had talent.
It takes more than heart, desire and chemistry. You need a fair amount of talent. You need All-Star calibre players as the backbone of your team , them fill in around them with "character."
Duquette built the backbone of our championship team in 2004, with Pedro, Manny, Lowe, Varitek, Garciaparra ( who was key because he became a vital bargaining chip in the trade that brought Orlando Cabrera).
This team lacks a "backbone" or "skeleton." Before you start adding character , you need to have a certain amount of talent , that this team doesn't have....especially pitching depth. One injury to a key pitcher and this team is finished.
Yes Zill, Pedro and Manny were a huge part of the success. You may laugh but I really thought it was a mistake not to bring back Bay. Probably my biggest concern going forward is the defense. Hopefully they can play well enough for that not to be an issue.
I really think Victorino will play a huge role if we are to be successful, perhaps Drew as well (although I really wanted to see Iggy at SS; don't think he is as offensively deficient as most on here claim).
Anyway, if this team believes in themselves, (and the coaching will be key in making that happen) it is possible to be successful.