In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to selenium-'s comment:
In recent days Moonslav said that according to many that Ellsbury gets a poor jump and has a bad path to the fly balls. What Moonslav forgot to mention is that "MANY" was only HIM. How can someone who watches TV determine those flaws? Is the camera on Ellsbury at every crack of the bat? Moonslav is the cerebral Softlaw.
I see many Sox games live, including on the road.
As for watching on TV, many times the CF'er is in view of the TV audience at the crack of the bat. If you actually watched the games and replays, you might notice a few flaws in our team. Afterall, a team that wins only 69 games probably has some weak links here and there, but I guess sticking your head in the sand makes you a better fan than I.
If the live feed is not on the CF'er when a ball is hit that way, they often show the replay that shows the CF'er at the crack of the bat. Watch closely this year, and then you can get back to me. (Also, notice how deep he plays, and how many balls fall in front of him as a result.)
BTW, there are quite a few posters on this site who have agreed that Ellsbury has some slow breaks and poor routes to the ball, so "many" is not one.
Thanks again for your many baseball posts. You are a real plus to this site.
Your criticism on Ellbury's defensive skills was the subject of many threads in the forum prior to last year so I don't see your point in assessing blame to him for ehe 2012 team.
You are a liar. I have never started even one thread about Jacoby's defense. I never blamed Jacoby for 2012. I have actually criticized any poster who has tried to blame 2012 on any one player or small group of players (see Geo on Beckett as one example).
On TV at the crack of the bat, the camera is focused on the batter and not centerfield.
You obviously don't watch baseball on TV much. The camera angle from behind homeplate shows the batter, pitcher, and CF'er. When the ball is hit, you can see the CF'er break or not break, move back instead of in, in instead of back, etc... Also, many replays of balls hit to CF will show the CF'er and his route taken to the ball. Sometimes we can see a wide curve to the ball, instead of a straight path. Try watching next game and get back to me.
It takes the camera crew a second or two to decide where the ball was hit to and by that time the viewer cannot determine the jump whether good or bad. You need a scout there at the ballpark whose eyes are glued on CF to assess jump.
Anytime you go to a live game, and I go to many, you can see if a player gets a bad break or not. Most of the time, Jacoby does fine, but he clearly gets bad breaks and takes wrong routes several times over a season, and it is my opinion he does it more than the norm for CF'ers. His great speed makes up for most of it and when he does get the quick break and right angle, he gets to balls many CF'ers never get to. He also will dive for balls. I like that. I have never called jacoby a minus CF'er. He is clearly plus on D. I merely pointed out 2 small weaknesses to his overall skillset, and you can't handle it. To you, no Sox players have any weaknesses. It must have been horrible luck for us to only win 69 games last year when we had 25 allstars with not even a slight weak point in their game.