Re: Where are all the Crawford Signing Apologists Now???
posted at 11/16/2011 11:46 AM EST
In Response to Re: Where are all the Crawford Signing Apologists Now???
I want a show of hands btw...how many of you want the Sox to win another WS? Or are you all just satisfied now...I get it, don't get me wrong. I probably myself have gotten complacent in the winning seasons, but I am not satisfied with the team missing out on the postseason last 2 years..The dynamics changed with the team becoming a top 3 payroll, so the expectations should/are different more so due to payroll than previous WS titles....
Posted by dannycater
Danny - I agree with you in some sense. Certainly, expectation is higher when your payroll is one of highest in the league. But, the thing is, payroll in MLB, despite having no salary cap, does not bear out in correlation to championships. Baseball is a quirky and elusive game. unlike, say, basketball, where if you are stocked with talent you are going to the conference finals at least and are going to win 55+ games in an 82 game schedule, the only thing money guarantees you in baseball is that you are going to be competitive. But, more than any other sport, the games are won and lost on the field. Injuries happen. Surprisingly bad player seasons happen all the time, and surprisingly good player seasons happen too. Thats just the way it goes. But, sometimes it goes the other way.
In order to not become bitter, spoiled, dissillusioned, and just plain miserable as a fan, I really believe that it is important to accept the fickle whims of the baseball gods, and, as Jim suggests, just root for the club and know that it mostly does not work out, but thats what it so unbelievably sweet when it does.
That is not to say that we can not be critical of moves that the FO makes, managerial gaffes, or poor performance.
Just to recognize that, in baseball more than anywhere else, those things happen even in the best organizations, to the best players, to the starriest teams. Dashed hopes are the rule, not the exception.
The Phillies didn't fail last season. they just got beat in Playoffs by a team that put together the mojo at the right time. The Phillies were everybody's (literally) pick to represent the NL in the WS.
But baseball happened. Doesn't mean that Amaro or Manuel FAILED. Just means baseball happened.