Re: Two gigantic errors by Iglesias when it counts
posted at 10/20/2013 7:14 PM EDT
I missed the "frat chat" and the posting that's gone on since because I was out of town. I learned a long time ago that when you son says, "Dad, want to come and watch a game with me?", you don't say no.
Since I've been a big Iggy supporter since Day 1 I feel obligated to come here and take my lumps. I felt all along that Iggy could be instrumental in winning playoff games but I didn't expect it to be done the way it was.
A few observations now, if I may.
Those people who are bashing Drew and want him on the bench are those people who value offense over defense. Drew has played a solid SS all year and has gotten some key hits at key times throughout the season. Fortunately for the team they've gotten some timely hits (How's that for an understatement?! LOL) in the playoffs so Drew's slump wasn't a factor. But he still played solid "D" and was instrumental in the wins. It's just that what he accomplished didn't show up in the box score.
I'm not entirely sold on the fact that this trade helped the team this year (other than Iggy's gaffes). IMO this team would be where they are if Peavy were still in Chicago and Iggy were on the bench in Boston as a UIF. But that's neither here nor there. In order to make a case for that I'd have to bash Peavy and that's not my style. BUT.. what's done is done and the Sox ARE where they are. That's the most important thing.
As for the future, that's something that may always be debated and never settled unless Iggy washes out at SS and/or Bogarts washes out for the Sox - and I don't see either of those things happening. WIthout those things happening there are going to be too many variables to make a solid decision as to the benefit if the trade.
There's been some talk here about Middy complaining about a lack of playing time. I haven't heard that, but if it's true he needs to grow up a bit. All I've heard about is that everyone does what's best for the team and having Bogarts at 3B was most definitely best for the team.
If you want to talk about someone who may have a right to gripe - but hasn't - talk about Daniel Nava for a minute. The guy hit ~.300 for the season and can't get a sniff of PS play now because of "team chemistry". I don't question the decision to play Gomes, mostly because the team is winning, but it's got to be a bitter pill for Nava and he's NOT complaining.
While I DO feel badly for Scherzer and Verlander, whose BP and manager let them down, if it had to be them or us I'm glad they're the ones who took it on the chin. Another one I could feel badly for is Tori Hunter, who's never had a chance to play in the WS even after a very good career. However, it's hard for me to feel sorry for Hunter because he had a choice between Detroit and Boston and chose Detroit because the felt the Tigers had a better shot at the WS. How's that working for you now??
Enough of my late ravings. The World Series starts on Wednesday. GO SOX!