Plus…the United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry anyways.
But the one reason we keep hearing—from players, front office, fans and media—is one I can’t get next to: the idea that chemistry, unprovable, invisible and subjective, deserves a seat at the table just doesn’t work.
It’s been a relentless theme, really, all season long. The Red Sox are winning baseball games because they got rid of the a-holes and brought in the swellest crew of fellas you’ve ever seen. Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Dempster and Koji Uehara have actually managed to change the behavior of other grown men, and that changed behavior has led to the team scoring more runs and allowing fewer than the year before, when the guys were rotten, spoiled, just titanically entitled.
...But the media can’t accept being wrong—they’ll joke about it, try to be self-deprcating, all that—that here has to be a reason. Instead of stepping back and admitting failure, the chemistry of this team is a quick and painless way to avoid any real discussion. The best part of the pro-chemsitry side of the argument is exactly why I can’t go along with it—it cannot be proven. It can be proven, to some extent, that Gomes and Dempster and Stephen Drew are positive guys in the clubhouse. But where does that exactly translate to winning? But raise that question and people get angry. And why?
Because they—fans and media, the beat guys want to be part of this also—want to believe. They want to think something magical and special is taking place, instead of perhaps what is reality: A bunch of talented baseball players, coaches and executives having success. And beards and good vibes and kicking beers into stands and all that stuff make the whole experience more enjoyable for all of us, but it has nothing to do with wins and losses.
Posted: September 28, 2013 at 06:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
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