has fancy plans, and pants to match
- Apr 12, 2001
The overall point is that the teams I listed have been consistently good over the last decade plus. The Red Sox have finished last since 2012 which is more than any of the teams you pointed out. Put together.The Rays won 77 games in 2014. They won 68 games in 2016. They won just 80 games in both 2015 and 2017. So from 2014-2017 they averaged 76 wins.
The Cardinals are historically pretty good on a regular basis but even they have some down years. They won just 78 games in 2007 and 83 in 2017 and 2006. Of course in 2006, those 83 games were enough to make the playoffs and then they went on an improbable title run.
The Giants were in the 70s in wins four straight years from 2005-2008. They won 76 games in 2013. From 2017-2019 they won 64, 73, and 77 games. In 2020 (which I don't even really count but most people here seem to think mattered), they were under .500 at 29-31. Even this year they only went 81-81.
The three teams that you can say have been the most consistent, year in and year out, have been the Yankees, Cardinals, and Dodgers. But in the last 10 years, the Red Sox have as many World Series titles as all three of those organizations put together.
Shit happens. Teams have bad seasons every once in awhile and I never said that the Red Sox have to be immune to poor seasons. But the Red Sox have had a strange boom/bust decade. I can’t tell you why, but it shouldn’t be 5/12 seasons due to the advantage the club had that 8slim talked a above.
We’ve seen a lot of great baseball over the last 12 seasons but we’ve also witnessed a lot of shitty baseball too. If you’re okay with the latter, that’s great. But not everyone is and those people are crazy, entitled or whiny.