Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Red Sox Fans Overreacting? No Way.
Since Red Sox fans have had a couple days to process what happened over the weekend, they are just now able to come together and express their logical concerns of the team. At least that's what you'd think. The majority of Red Sox fans I've talked to think the Sox need to trade Papelbon, and get rid of Francona. The more grounded of the fans realize that the Angels were just a better team, but some don't see it. In fact, I know Red Sox fans who were predicting a sweep of the Angels, while predicting that the Yankees would need 5 games to beat Minnesota. I just didn't see it working out that way. While I hoped that the Red Sox would beat the Angels so we could see them in the ALCS, I'm not too surprised they lost. I had predicted the Red Sox in 5, but I wasn't surprised to see the Angels win. Either way, the main thing I want to point out is that Papelbon, as much as I don't like him, is an elite closer with elite closer talent. He got beat by Vlad Guerrero and an Angels team that has elite hitters. His final line in what has been termed a dissapointing year was 38 saves in 41 opportunites with a 1.85 ERA, and 76 strikeouts in 68 innings. So sure, get rid of the guy. I think Red Sox fans have forgotten their closer-less years when Keith Faulke was injured, and Schilling and Pineiro were slotted as their closers. Papelbon saved them from that mess. But by all means, trade away your closer. Throw in Francona while you're at it. Its not like he gave you the first two World Series championships since Babe Ruth was smoking cigars in the Fenway dugout or anything.