Re: What think you of the team NOW?
posted at 10/9/2013 12:32 PM EDT
In response to TheExaminer's comment:
In response to LloydDobler's comment:
In response to andrewmitch's comment:
The only criticism was Farrell - he made some decisions that let the Rays get back into the series
Unlike Francona, Farrell admitted the error and corrected it
Francona would had sat up there and lied, and then continued to do the exact same things
From you, maybe, but there were several doom-and-gloom threads yesterday attacking everybody from Farrell to the clubhouse attendant.
I stayed away from the forum yesterday because I knew thats what would be going on. Whats worse, Id have been one of them because I was super ticked. Sometimes it does no good to even read my own posts, so I stayed at a distance. Glad I did.
I stay away too because sometimes I'm in no mood to see all the btching and whning that goes on here after a loss (and often after wins.) I don't mind healthy venting and smart debate but too often it goes way past healthy vending and smart debate.
Because of the Sox experiences in the 1970s when I was a kid, I always try to temper enthusiasm with skepticism. And I use the word skepticism for a specific reason.
In regard to a sports team, to me, being skeptical is a rational assessment of what could go wrong. Being cynical is a leap beyond that where there's an automatic assumption that what could go wrong WILL go wrong.
Once I really looked at this team coming out of spring training, there was a lot to like it they stayed healthy and everyone performed to a career norm -- not career year, just career norm or better point, a reasonable expectation of what they could do if healthy.
So I'm not surprised at the good season, although I never expected a 97-win season. But I never assumed it was going to happen. I was ALWAYS wary that the Sox wouldn't overcome bullpen issues, that there would be a major slump, or major injuries to the lineup.
In the end, it's always a balanceing act. I try to stay postive without getting too high during good times nor too low during slumps. And while I'm always wary of something bad to happen, I don't wallow in misery and forget to enjoy the good times because I'm waiting for something bad to happen.
I never felt a playoff spot, the AL East, the best record and the ALDS were wrapped up until it actually happened, even though others often called it a done deal before it happened. I've been burned in the past. But I also didn't go through those times, EXPECTING a collapse of some sort.
It's a cliche, but I really do take it one game at a time.