Tuesday, October 14, 2008

It's A Funny Thing

A lot of people note how the Sox have gotten younger when compared to the Yankees and how that has been a big part of Boston's success. What's funny is how old the Sox look alongside the Rays. Every infield single turns into an extra base hit with these guys on account of their youth and athleticism, it's amazing. Boston can't beat this team, they simply can't hang with them athletically. It will be interesting to see how the Yanks develop their own roster as they try to match these two squads.

4 comments:

raven said...

Cash and Hank, while lying on their$100000 sofas watching this game on their $100000 TVs, took note of this and therefoe the Yankee are gonna to recruit 12-year-olds this coming winter.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Ha! Might as well get them while their young. If any of them have opposite field power, they should sign them on the spot.

bigjf said...

Hank is screaming at his horse trainer somewhere, Cashman is flying from the meetings in Tampa to vacation in the Caribbean, where he will meet up with Torre after he pulls his starting pitcher in the 5th inning after 45 pitches while pitching a no-hitter, leading to the use of 5 other arms who will inevitably blow the game and eliminate the Dodgers. Neither Cashman nor Hank is watching the postseason.

As for the whole point about Boston getting younger, it seems the main argument for that is Pedroia, Youkilis, Lester, Masterson, Delcarmen, and Papelbon. You could also make a case for Lowrie and Buchholz, but I haven't seen enough of either. Ellsbury was in the discussion as well, but he's gone the way of Melky only with more speed. Meanwhile, the rest of their guys are aging vets...Ortiz, Drew, Lowell, Varitek, Crisp, Beckett, Wakefield, Timlin...

Anyway, Boston has developed some good young players, but the idea that they are now blowing the Yankees away is truly premature. I didn't hear any talks of that in the media from a Boston standpoint in 2006 when Boston missed the playoffs. I think after 13 straight postseasons, the Yankees are allowed to miss for one year. There's nothing to say the Yanks won't sign the stars and develop the young talent they need to overtake Boston again as early as next year. The way Boston fans talk, you'd think they were the Pirates or Royals. Bottom line is they have aging stars as well and a large payroll.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Agreed. Both sides have been developing players, and both sides have been signing free agents. Really the only team that was nearly all homegrown was that Marlins team Girardi managed. The 1996 Yankee team was not all homegrown, it had a good mix of in house promotions, free agent pickups, and players received through trades. The 2004 Red Sox were the same. Its not so much about where you get the player, but what that player brings. Some players just mesh better in a lineup than others.