Re: Time for the Amazingly Stupid Charges to Stop...
posted at 10/3/2011 8:22 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Time for the Amazingly Stupid Charges to Stop...
[QUOTE]Your argument is good; the "you're too stupid" part really isn't appropriate. Gonzalez is a terrific hitter; and you're right, he did succeed. He succeeded at having a productive year in which he helped put his team in position to win. However, he failed in a couple of ways: * consistency * presence w/team (this is a guess - I know)
His dropoff at the end of the season doesn't matter if your goal is registering the 31st best season ever. If you want to win a WS, it would matter. Is that due to injury? Poor conditioning? Performing in the HR derby? Getting used to the schedule? Could be any or all of those; what matters is getting the production. Then there is the "God's plan" remark. Look, I can spin that very, very positively. I know that you don't get to be as good as Adrian without a lot of drive and dedication. But I think he did not fulfill the role that accompanies his contract. I've gone back and forth on this, but ultimately the RS lacked leadership at ALL levels, including the players. I think that when you have a contract like his, you are a leader, whether you wish to be or not
. He (and the others - he is not at all alone ... Josh Beckett, in case you didn't sense it, RS Nation is glaring at you ....) let their spirit deteriorate. Blaming fate and Sunday night games is NOT what you are going to hear come out of the mouth of Derek Jeter or A-Rod or Teixiera or CC Sabathia. You may disagree about setting a tone, but my opinion is that he does not set a tone of "over my dead body."
(to quote Steve Young via Michael Vick yesterday) His team needs that AND all of the hits.
Posted by ABQDan[/QUOTE]
A decent post
And I'm running out of time before work ...
SO I'll address a few emoldened remarks
Consisitency ... he was very consistent through the first 3/4's of the season...
Then I think the ALE figured out that he has a hole in the low and outside part of his swing. The balls I saw him miss time and again were in that section. Not to mention, as if no one knows, that Tampa's pitching staff is pretty darn good. The Yanquis, much to everyone's surprise, even Gilardi's, turned out to be one of the top 3 or 4 ... so, if a hitter were to have trouble with those two staffs, I'd have to say - consistently the league did ....
Team presence & leadership ... THIS is Pedey and Youk's team, along with the Captain still influencing the pitching staff and catchers a whole lot ... did we really expect him to come swashbuckling in when we already had our own swashbuckler in Papi? If he were stepping into a vacuum, maybe, but he only had to deal with ... or blend into .. a team with several strong personalities and leaders ... Do you think he'd be a hit in the club house if he came in and said, "OK, boys, now it's my show"? Nahhh
I think the whole team had a problem with two highly paid stars added ... as a place where everyone was GLAD to have them, yet, how do you take them and blend?
Manny had been there and wasn't a part of the team. Pedro had been the clown prince and star. Papi was the lovable old bear .... with a sore spot fter the last two seasons ...
Chemistry for a team so suddenly changed and so full of the same good players ... hard to figure out sometimes.
I played basketball with a HS all-American. But the stud was only a sophomore when he stepped onto the varsity court. Everyone was glad to have him. But the roles changed significantly ... it was clumsy at first ... like the first 3/4's of the season. THen graduation took care of the rest of the issues... I know chemistry can be a hard one to figure out.
Attitude? What attitude did he need when he was killing it? Everyone loved it and him. Then humanity set in and we started to stab him in the back. That is a crying shame.