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“It was as vivid a reminder as one could have about the old cliche: The best trades are often the ones that never happen,”
It's true, if you can't be smug towards your betters the terrorists win.
The article ignores defense and team chemistry, which made the trade would have been huge win for Sox, regardless of Lester vs. McCarthy.
??????????? I can't imaagine a player who provides less chemistry than A-Rod. In fact, A-Rod is like team chemistry anti-matter.
You did take notice of the outcome of this year's playoffs, didn't you?
Jesus, guys, it's Christmas
Of course it is, and Yankee-Red Sox fan rumble at this point in history is the best present ever.
More smugness from the loathsome Lucchino.
Maybe I'm just a big softie here, but this retrospective was clearly the reporter's idea (and a good one at that). What was Lucky supposed to say?
What he says in the article is that they while they were unable to get Dor-A, as they very much wanted to do, things have worked out really well. What is smug about that? Just as a matter of chance, its unlikely that if they had been able to go through with the deal they would have won 3 World Series since
Just as a matter of chance, its unlikely that if they had been able to go through with the deal they would have won 3 World Series since.
And imagine how much more valuable A-Rod is if kept at shortstop
In a weird hypothetical scenario, would I trade the 3 guaranteed WS wins for possibly getting more? Nah. But it's certainly possible that the Red Sox could have won more with ARod.
That would have been interesting. I suppose he would have opted out again in this parallel universe after the 2007 season and signed with the Yankees. Then there'd be all the hit pieces in the Boston press. So, probably another 4 years at short.
But it's certainly possible that the Red Sox could have won more with ARod.
There is something fundamentally uninteresting about this type of analysis.
what could have been better than Pedro throwing zip head Zimmerman
Still, it would've been funny to see A-Rod play in Boston until he opt'ed out, then goes to NY for $275 million and they have the mess that his final deal has been.
a stretch of almost 5 years without a playoff win (Oct 2008-Oct 2013).
Been a Jekyll & Hyde decade for the Red Sox. 3 World Series appearances all ending up with a ring. But then you had years like 2006, 2010-2012 and a stretch of almost 5 years without a playoff win (Oct 2008-Oct 2013).
I've never figured out why this is, but some ludicrous number of NHL teams win 7-game series after being down 0-3. Why is such a lead less safe in that sport?
If the Sox had the time machine option to go back and make the A-Rod trade, there is absolute zero chance they would take the option, given how the past decade has unfolded in this reality. Absolute zero. It is a fact, no debate. Post #4 looks like the one of the strawmen created by anti-stats writers in their columns.
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