“The good old days weren’t always good and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems”-Billy Joel
Like artists and musicians, former teams and players become better when they become memories. We have a love fest in our minds with Wally Joyner. We can’t give enough praise to Bobby Grich. We debate which of the 2002 heroes should have their numbers retired.
Like artists and musicians, current teams and players are crticised twice as much as they are appreciated. Mike Napoli had all of us fooled and will be going down hill from here. Orlando Cabrera is making way too much money for what he can actually ever do for this team. Howie Kendrick will never live up to the hype. We debate which of the starting pitchers will be the biggest disappointment this year.
Managers aren’t exempt either. That poor Gene Mauch was a great manager who had the worst luck in the world. Mike Scioscia over manages a baseball game (if you see no irony at this point, there is no reason to continue on) and sticks with the veterans too much.
Isn’t it great to apply ourselves like we know everything and deep down know that we know nothing? There is no criticism in that statement. “Experts” don’t know anything more. Therefore, we are all experts.
So, here we are again. We will be heading into a season questioning whether or not our bats can take us to the “Promised Land”.
A good idea is to perhaps be inspired by revisionist history.While the 2002 World Series Champions could hold their own, they didn’t become dominant bats to the baseball world until at least half way through the first round.
Will someone step up and be the 2007 version of Troy Glaus? Will someone step up and be the 2007 version of Garret Anderson? While I can’t figure it out, something seems strange about that second question.
Instead, will we be in for another “wasted” year of great arms due to a lack of bats? Will our bats surprise and have us be let down by what we thought was a certainty?
While it is clear that none of us know, you can be sure that in about 10 months we will have known it all.