A Very, Angry, Stupid, Boring, Statistical, Analytical, Don't-Even-Readal, Skip-Over-This-To-Other-More-Interesting-Thingsal Quickie
Richard Justice wrote an article explaining why the Yankees are still the third best team in the AL East (probably true). But I can't quite let things like this slide.....
Tampa Bay's outfield of Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton and Joyce might just be the best in baseball.
That is just plain fucking batshit crazy. I mean, defensively, sure. But plain ol' best?
The Yankees? How does an outfield of Xavier Nady, Brett Gardner and Johnny Damon ring your chime?
Not impressed? Didn't think so. Boston's is also better: Jason Bay, Jacoby Ellsbury, J.D. Drew.
You couldn't even go two paragraphs without naming a better outfield. But go ahead, you can keep Carl Crawford and his .318 OBP from last season (he's VERRRRRRRRRY overrated, folks!). And we don't have a clue what the fuck Matt Joyce is yet, but he's already part of the best outfield in baseball? Do you hear yourself talk?
It's also awesome to say things like this when guys like Adam Dunn, Pat Burrell, and Manny Ramirez haven't even been placed on teams yet.
Yet we've learned the last few years that chemistry and grit are as important as pure talent.
This is why it's been so hard to keep the Pittsburgh Pirates down.
This is why grit superstars Pat Burrell and Ryan Howard can with the World Series while chemistry stud Jimmy Rollins single-handedly denounces the entire phucking Philadelphia phan base.
This is why the White Sox edged out the Twins, because of gritty performances by key grit guys like Paul Konerko, Ken Griffey Jr, and Jim Thome. The supreme talent of Minnesota's Nick Punto, Carlos Gomez, and Alexei Casilla was no match for good ol' fashioned "grit", a word that as far as I can tell just means "trying his or her hardest", which 97% of the league does. Shut the fuck up, Richard Justice.
The Rays and Red Sox have a clubhouse chemistry that is impossible to overestimate.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, for the first time in the history of the universe.....THE IMPOSSIBLE!
They've got managers — Maddon and Terry Francona — brilliant at making the pieces fit and keeping the club headed in the right direction.
Talent, of course, is important, too, but in this era of parity, it's tougher and tougher to buy a championship.
Right, talent is important, too. You know, kind of like an afterthought.
The Yankees have spent more on payroll than any other team for several years. They haven't gotten out of the first round of the playoffs since 2004, haven't been to the World Series since 2003, haven't won a championship since 2000.
They tried buying a championship with Jason Giambi, Jaret Wright, Carl Pavano, etc. Never mind that chemistry and toughness were a huge part of how they won four World Series under Joe Torre.
Look guys, now we're trying to show chemistry's triumph over talent by using Jaret Wright as an example of "talent"!
Oh yeah, and that Carl Pavano......he totally played baseball the entire time he was on the team! And he played it every 5th day, with the highest level of talent. But he was no match for the chemistry of the opposing (Carl Pavano never got injured) hitters!
Jaret Wright sucks.