posted at 10/6/2011 11:49 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Vindication
[QUOTE]The problems with the Sox were Lackey, Beckett, and Lester. Too much beer and not enough stamina. Crawford, AGon, Youk, Pap, Bard, Pedroia, Scut, JD Drew are in no way responsible for the Sox not making the play-offs. The starting pitching let them down - period. They didn't make the play-offs because they gave up 45 runs in 7 games against the second worst team in the league. They gave up 6 or more runs in 6 games to the second worst team in the AL. Beckett gave up 6 runs to Baltimore twice during that stretch and lackey gave up 8 runs to them in one game. They make a combined $33,000,000 and gave up 20 runs in 3 games to the second worst team in the AL.
Posted by DirtyWaterLover[/QUOTE]
Love that Dirty Water..... but, what about Ells??? Crawford??????? HUH? Crawford gave us nothing, but you are correct. He, or many of the guys you listed didn't keep us from making the Post Season. You are also correct about it being mainly a pitching thing. BUT WHY??? WHY is the key question!!!! NOT WHAT!!! Yes! All the pitching went south. WE KNOW THAT. but why! It was a leadership thing, & somebody let things GO....... WHO??? I love Tito, but that's his job!!!!
The inmates were running the asylum! It's Tito's JOB to keep them in line. He fell asleep at the switch. He did not demand discipline! I think the lack of discipline led to many of the injuries. YES! Pitching was the main reason for the collapse, but NOT THE ONLY REASON!
p.s. take J.D. Drew off of the list. HE was an absolute embarrassment. Basically refusing to do anything for the team. I don't buy the injuries. Especially the pinky :(
As I say.... LOVE TITO, but he shares a MAJOR part of the blame. NO MATTER WHY he lost control!