Re: What Team Would Have Been More Fun To Watch And Maybe Even Better?
posted at 3/17/2013 12:02 PM EDT
Almost the exact definition of a "punt".
The main difference being that I believe the team is a serious contender. If I didn't believe that the team had a good chance of contending, then I would agree with you that this offseasn was a punt.
We punted on the future since the Dodger trade. Even you must concede that, and basically have already. I understand the need for a big market team to appear to be competitive every year, but clearly our number one priority was to rebuild this team for the long run. To think we could turn the post Dodger trade team into a viable contender over one winter without getting any big named FAs is close to absurd.
Yes, if everything goes right, we may contend for the WC playoff slot, but at what expense? That's the point I'm making. We punted on the future in order to have some slight chance at just squeeking into the playoffs with virtually no chance to even advance to the AL Championship series, let alone a WS victory.
but living in an alternate universe is not my idea of being a realistic fan.
So, because my opinion differs from yours, I am living in an alternate universe? I am optimistic. That doesn't mean I'm being unrealistic. I don't think we need near perfect health or performances to make the postseason. I just think we need better than average luck in these areas.
Perhaps, I used a poor choice of words, but for several years now many of us have been wishing on a perfect alligment of luck, health, and more to get beyond our obvious 2 big weaknesses we have had:
1) Lack of a top of rotation starter.
2) Lack of a top RH'd 3 or 4 slot hitter.
Although I have been harping on these two high need areas over recent years, especially the SP, I still have thought, if we stayed healthy, we could win 94+ games and possibly win a ring. I realize that was a fallacy to begin with.
This winter has not addressed the two biggest here and now needs, and we are again relying on a near perfect confluence of events to occur to just have a chance to make the playoffs. The fact is, even if we have normal health, we are not going to win it all this year, unless we have a bunch of luck on our side and bad luck on other team's sides. Yes, that can happen, but in reality the odds are extreme. You don't seem to acknowledge how extreme those odds are, so I feel like you are not facing reality. It's fine to hope. I will be doing that all year long. I will be watchingz every pitch of every game, even if we only win 69 games again. I am hoping everyone stays healthy, but we have some older key players on our roster. We have some key players with recent injury histories. We have 5 of more players headed to the DL to start the season already.
What will you feel like if we win 76-82 games this year, miss the playoffs by 10-15 games, and go into next winter in the same position or worse than we did going into this winter? We will almost certainly ;ose Ellsbury and Salty. Many of the top named FAs for next winter will have already been extended by taheir teams. Not many FA will view the Sox as a serious contender again for 2014 and may avoid us for that reason. We will have a nice draft pick(s) from this June and a comp pick for losing Ellsbury, but how much better will this team look like going into 2014 and 2015 than we do right now? Some of our prospects will hopefully look ready to contribute in 2014 or 2015, but that's not really an improvement on what we have now. Those players are already in our system. We have not done anything since the Dodger trade to help our longterm future. We punted on our future and missed by a mile on being a highly competitive team in 2013.