Stealing Some Thunder: A Red Sox Postmortem

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So wait a second. This is the only World Series we're having? The one that starts tonight? Crap. I need to go back to Downtown Crossing and rough up the guy that sold me this Red Sox AL Champs hat.

I'm just kidding. 1. I can't rough anyone up and B. Of course the Red Sox are out. They lost to a better Tampa team. They got 4 lousy nights of starting pitching from Beckett, Lester, Wakefield and Matsuzaka at the most inopportune time and it was too much to overcome. Fair enough. The question now is, what do they do to improve the ballclub for next season? The gist of this mostly impenetrable and snoozily repetitive interview with Theo Epstein is that the entire way the organization is now constructed precludes the need for massive season to season upgrages/moves.

He says that the Red Sox try to be league average at each position and above league average at as many positions as possible. Looking around the field, the one glaring position the Sox sit below league average is now catcher. No glossing over that one. Jason Varitek is a free agent this year and despite being a Seminole, Kevin Cash probably isn't a starting catcher for a contender. The free agent pool for catchers is non descript and any moves would have to come via trade. Big names like Russel Martin won't come cheap, and Epstein is rightly reluctant to part ways with too much young talent. A strategy that's paid off.

All of this sounds far less exciting than this team actually was to watch this year. Even though Beckett and Lowell were hampered all season, the maturation of Youkilis, Pedroia and Lester made this team as fun as last year's World Champs.

If I can channel Theo Epstein for a second, the Red Sox stay above average more consistently than any other baseball team in the 21st century. That's a pretty good sign for another good season next year.


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It's like Sal Fasano doesn't even exist!

the Red Sox stay above average more consistently than any other baseball team in the 21st century

The Red Sox have the consistency of pancake batter. I don't know what that means but I'm starving and could really go for some pancakes.

The Red Sox have the consistency of Peter North's batter.

It's too bad for the Red Sox that the Twins picked up Mike Redmond's option. They could have really used an old naked man running around the club house.

I won't kick a Sox fan while s/he's down. They've suffered enough.

They've suffered enough.

Yeah, a whole 11 months without a championship.

HOW DO YOU LIVE LIKE THIS NATION????

Don't the Rangers have about 17 MLB ready catchers? Maybe you can pry one form them.

Peter North has a good supply of batter.

>> They've suffered enough.
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> Yeah, a whole 11 months without a championship.


I think maybe, just maybe the OP was referring to the 86 years of suffering. 2 WS in 5 years doesn't wipe all that pain away just yet.

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