From an emotional standpoint, this off season reminds me of 2002, a strange offseason, which indirectly lead to a great season where we were one bad Grady Little move away from losing the World Series to the Marlins. (snark aside, it was a still a memorably great season, engaging and exciting from beginning to end)
In 2002, we had a talented core of a team that could win. We had a new GM. We were a bit hampered on money, I think, because the transition, while completed, had only just started implementing organization-wide philosophy and new sources of revenue. In 2002, we were recovering from an injury heavy 2001, where all sorts of weird Craig Grebeck types were playing and I think we needed to jettison some clubhouse cancers. SOSH had very long threads examining the supplementary role players that Theo picked up off the scrap heap. And we were picking the movies apart, trying to decipher the new regime's level of commitment, intelligence level, and general approach. In 2002, we weren't concerned with the closer role because it'd eventually get sorted out.
I am reminded a little bit of some of the awkward public reach out, too. Back then, we had Theo talking about being "careful and caring" or something when it came to plucking Cabin Mirror from the Japanese. Now we have them talking about their "careful and deliberate" managerial hiring process. It's really just Red Sox regime just wanting someone and tip toeing around it like a Kristin Wigg character.
I am not saying that we're getting a Mueller, Ortiz, or Millar this offseason. But we are a good team with some holes, and just like in 2002, filling those holes with actual living people could be the key to helping us. I am also happy to watch a team without JD Drew, Lowrie, Reddick and Lackey, I think bad energy is a real thing (I measure it with science). I'd like to see how RF shapes up by June. I'd like to see how Bard does in the rotation. As for Punto, I am counting on him to come up with incredible catch phrases.
Overall, what I liked about 2002 offseason was that after a nasty 2001, I started seeing a team begin to approach things smartly again, showing patience with the marketplace. And yeah, I know you guys hate this, but I like seeing some soul come back. (I measure that with science, too). I wish we could have done this WITH Terry Francona still on board but that just wasn't possible, I do think Theo leaving will ultimately be a benefit. I loved Theo, but it appeared to me that he stopped practicing what he preached when it came to patience. I think Cherington and LL, despite hiccups, have personalities that are more in sync. Cherington seems to be an LL-kind of GM. By that, I mean, not entitled. And thorough. And I have a feeling he's more creative than he's getting credit for.
I am also kind of rooting for the return of the word "disingenuous."
Edited by Bernard Gilkey baby, 30 December 2011 - 03:43 PM.