Dat confirmation bias. Serious question: Where were the reports, both here and in the media, of Francona's camps being sleepy and complacent prior to Chicken&Beer? Or are we assuming the camps weren't run hard enough because the Sox got out of the gate slowly? Which really means jackshit since a lot of good teams (Rays 2011) got off to poor starts and a lot of shit teams (O's 2011) got off to great starts.
Inb4 ScubaSteve jumps down my ass again.
Just the fact that pitchers weren't required to throw to a base and there was a lot of standing around where I've read the contrary this year. They are using smaller groups for each station, compared to larger groups on the past in the past, so players are getting more reps and are now required to move swiftly (read - slow jog / run) from station to station.
The throwing thing, although I understand it (because its a long season and you want to save the pitchers' arms), but how can you get used to throwing to a base if you're not actually throwing...? Honestly, I remember a lot of careless errors, mind you, not just by our pitchers.
I've played the sport (in my heyday) and if I didn't repeat the act of actually throwing to a base, be it a pick-off or a comebacker et.al., then I'd be more apt to make mistakes more often-than-naught.
Also, I used to wonder why our coach ran us all through the season. Our constant joke was that we could beat the track team in a race, but I realized later (maybe a lot later) that it was becaue baseball is inherantly a long-season with a lot of down time and you need to continue to condition yourself to stay at the top of your game (and to keep from injuring yourself) no matter the postion you play...but especially as a pitcher.
Its all about stamina and repetition and this team got complacent in the end.
Edited by BTwnDreamin, 22 February 2012 - 02:55 PM.