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Would a lousy 2019 tarnish 2018 at all for you?

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by tims4wins, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

    This is kind of a spin-off of the “trade a title for last place thread”. All of last year we had a thread called “is this the best Red Sox team ever?” that eventually morphed into “this IS the best Red Sox team ever”. I said after the season that I thought it was the best season in Red Sox history but not necessarily the best team.

    If the same cast of characters has a lousy 2019, does that change your opinion of 2018? When 2014 and 2015 happened, we (rightfully IMO) began to look at 2013 as somewhat of a fluke occurrence. The 2018 team had a historic season, and as has been pointed out elsewhere, romped through the playoffs despite their ace and closer barely contributing.

    If the 2019 team fails to turn it around in a meaningful way, it will reinforce my opinion that while it was the greatest season in Sox history, it was not necessarily the best team. It doesn’t take away the magic of last year, but to me it would change my historical perspective on the team.

    Maybe this is a bunch of garbage and everyone will disagree with me but I thought it might be worthy of its own discussion.

    And yes, I realize between this thread, the hangover thread, the trade off thread, and the Pedroia thread, there is a lot of negativity in Sox Nation right now.
  2. soup17

    soup17 Member SoSH Member

  3. JohntheBaptist

    JohntheBaptist Member SoSH Member

    No, of course not.

    2013 was not a "fluke" either. They had the best record, run differential, and OPS in the AL, as well as the most team WAR. Their ERA+ was 4th in the league. The only MLB team with a better Pythag, the Cardinals, they beat in six games in the WS.
    #3 JohntheBaptist, Apr 18, 2019
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  4. Bowhemian

    Bowhemian Member SoSH Member

    No. A thousand times, No.
  5. Plantiers Wart

    Plantiers Wart Member SoSH Member

  6. Salem's Lot

    Salem's Lot Andy Moog! Andy God Damn Moog! SoSH Member

    Absolutely not.
  7. snowmanny

    snowmanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Hahaha. No. Also the Patriots won. I'm in a pretty good mood all year so far.

    Ed: also I think they'll end up pretty good
  8. Valek123

    Valek123 Member SoSH Member

    Not a bit. Last year was magic but that team was stacked and all performed well. If the result of having so much amazing happen in one season ending with a WS victory is a horrific regression so be it. Once upon a time it had been almost 9 decades since the Sox won anything, my how the times have changed.
  9. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    We need at least 6 more hypo threads about everyone’s disappointment in the first 3 weeks of the 2019 season. JFC.
  10. Sandy Leon Trotsky

    Sandy Leon Trotsky Member SoSH Member

    Honestly... yeah... not completely... but a little bit. It'd be different from the 2013 team which I never thought really had a chance from the start and even all through the playoffs. They were just an odd collection that put it all together... the fact that they fell apart the following year was somewhat expected. There's no reason why they're playing like shit this year other than mental.
    There's something about this team right now that is really frustrating and it is tarnishing 2018. It's the same team... so my feelings on this team pretty much goes all the way back to when they acquired Sale and Kimbrell. Those two were the pieces that made "this team"... This Team. Added JDM then Eovaldi... subtracted Kimbrell. This team has been since 2017 season and whilst that season's version got bumped out it was still a good season. If they continue to fall apart it will hurt how I feel about This Team's 2018... .if they start to play competitively again and get at least close to a playoff spot, I'd be disappointed but the "tarnish" of the 2018 season will be pretty less than it feels right now.

    Edit-I'm 47. I remember the '86 team clearly and loved that club... which was pretty much the same club in '87 which played garbage and it did make my feelings change about the '86 season.
  11. Philip Jeff Frye

    Philip Jeff Frye Member SoSH Member

    What is it with all the existential angst about a crappy three weeks of baseball? Can the team actually lose 100 games before we commit ritual suicide over the 2019 suckitude?
  12. Mystic Merlin

    Mystic Merlin Member SoSH Member

    What kind of thread is this?

    No succeeding season will ever ruin a championship. They won 108 games and cleaned out the other three best teams in baseball without reaching an elimination game.
  13. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    2018: Pants off
    2019: Diapers on
  14. Sam Ray Not

    Sam Ray Not Member SoSH Member


    Indeed, the 86 years following the 1918 World Series have nothing on what’s happened since 2018. See you all in 2104?
  15. JohntheBaptist

    JohntheBaptist Member SoSH Member

    Misery is, for many (most?), still an integral part of being a Red Sox fan. Even contemplating this is fucking bizarre. Last year could almost literally not have been more perfect and you're entertaining the idea of a bad season after it tainting that?

    Seriously, pretend you're a Pirates fan and you hear someone talking like that.
  16. wade boggs chicken dinner

    wade boggs chicken dinner Member SoSH Member

    What's wrong with this team losing 100+ games? We need some high draft picks to restock the farm.
  17. RoDaddy

    RoDaddy Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Only if the evil empire wins it all
  18. Sandy Leon Trotsky

    Sandy Leon Trotsky Member SoSH Member

    The question is “tarnish”.... not “ruin”.
  19. rhswanzey

    rhswanzey Member SoSH Member

    Dumb thread. Flags fly forever. My feeling coming into the year was they'd win, like, 94 games, and people would find a way to be mad about it, because this is one of the only towns where I guess you've got to be the best team in franchise history every year, or blow it up.

    They're still going to win 90-something and at least grab a WC - they just got a big block of the losing out of the way. And we'll be disappointed, because Boston.

    In the Sky Is Falling threads, I think people should make a qualifying statement before punting on this group less than 20 games in: "I believe two of these three statements are indicative of the true talent level of this team: a bottom 10 defense, a bottom 10 offense, and/or a worst in MLB rotation." Even pessimists should have a very hard time standing behind two of those claims over six months. Rough stretches happen and they'll play better. Then we can start the "Vazquez Appreciation Thread", like normal.
  20. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Maybe I can get walked through this thought process. Is it like they lose 3 in a row the second week of April and you’re like “you know, last season when they were the best team in franchise history wasn’t all that great.” It doesn’t even fucking make sense.

    This thread is more embarrassing than the team’s play thus far.
  21. brandonchristensen

    brandonchristensen mad photochops SoSH Member


    The only thing is that it makes 2019 that much more confusing. Like, what we are seeing shouldn’t be happening. Even regression, which I think was expected, wouldn’t be this.
  22. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    This is funny. Stupid funny, but funny.
  23. uilnslcoap

    uilnslcoap Member SoSH Member

    Jesus God, no. They won 108 and tore up the postseason, beating a real juggernaut in the Astros. It was fucking great and it is fucking great.
  24. E5 Yaz

    E5 Yaz Transcends message boarding Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Who says that parody threads are dead?
  25. brs3

    brs3 sings praises of pinstripes SoSH Member

    It's annoying to watch this team play poorly, because I enjoy watching baseball every night...but I sleep pretty well. I have since 2004. 2018 was like watching season one of Heroes. 2019 so far is like watching the rest of Heroes. I'm hopeful they'll turn it around..and if they don't, it doesn't take away from the greatest season/team I ever watched in my life.
  26. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Only if it turned out that the reason for the regression is that either every player on the 2018 team was using PEDs and they aren't doing so anymore, or that they had been taken over by bodysnatchers and it was actually Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez, Munson, O'Neill, Bucky Dent, and Lou Piniella wearing Red Sox uniforms last year. And Cora was really Billy Martin and Steinbrenner was the owner
  27. BaseballJones

    BaseballJones goalpost mover SoSH Member

    HAHA outstanding.
  28. KiltedFool

    KiltedFool has a terminal case of creeping sharia SoSH Member

    Very much so, have a nap and a juice box.

    From the seats rooting for teams in long title droughts, joining Yankee fandom image wise isn't a look to aspire to.
  29. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member


    A lousy 2019 will tarnish 2019 for me.
  30. syoo8

    syoo8 Member SoSH Member

    I am still surprised that there is baseball already. Game 5 of the 2018 WS seemed like only a couple of weeks ago.
  31. strek1

    strek1 Member SoSH Member

    Crazy to even ask that. Of course not.
  32. bosox79

    bosox79 Member SoSH Member


    And even if 2013 was a fluke, it doesn't tarnish it any for me.
  33. Earthbound64

    Earthbound64 Member SoSH Member

    Who is this "we" and can we avoid them from now on?

    2013 was amazing.
    2017 was spectacular as well.
  34. Jerry’s Curl

    Jerry’s Curl lurker

    No, in fact I’m more inclined to give them a pass this year because of it.
  35. nvalvo

    nvalvo Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    My view of this is that I have been seeing this core come together since 2012, when Bradley and Bogaerts were raking and Matt Barnes had one of the most dominant A ball stints ever (2012 Greenville line: 5 GS for 26.2 IP, 2-0, 0.34 ERA, 42 K against 4 BB, 1 earned run, 12 hits) and it was beginning to look like the 2011 draft class might have been a special one. Betts and Swihart showed up next. Then Benintendi and Devers. Moncada and Kopech.

    Did I think Henry Owens or Matt Barnes or Anderson Espinoza was going to be the ace of the 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox? Yes, probably.

    I've never really believed it was going to be possible to hold this core together for long because the failure of those guys led to a mostly FA starting rotation: I've made that argument many times elsewhere on this board. But I believed from the darkest depths of the 2011-2012 seasons that we were going to have a championship window between 2017-2019, and look what happened: we won a title during that window. It's basically the most satisfying thing that can happen in sports fandom, IMO, to watch a championship core come together over half a decade and succeed.

    I'd love to take another run this year, if we can get back moving in the right direction. But if we can't, we can't, and we'll have to trade a bunch of expiring contracts at the deadline or in the offseason — Porcello, Moreland and Pearce, JBJ, maybe JDM, Betts if he won't resign — and build back up from the farm. It happens.
  36. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    And they’ll be just like every other WS winner of the last ~20 years that didn’t repeat. Shocking! It’s almost like that’s really hard.
  37. m0ckduck

    m0ckduck Member SoSH Member

    My first reaction is, “Hell, no!“ along with nearly every poster here. But, as a thought exercise, I’m thinking about what sequence of events would or could tarnish my memories of 2018. The best I could come up with:

    - PED scandal retroactive to 2018, as mentioned above
    - Intense acrimony. Like, Betts revealing that he hates Bradley and Benintendi and was doing whole outfield dance thing through gritted teeth, and will never resign.
    - Bobby Valentine being re-hired mid season

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