Just so you don't think I've completely lost my mind on the issue, I want to start out by saying that although I like where the Red Sox currently are, I don't "love it". I would love it if they were 15 or more games up on the entire AL and were playing well yet still had something left to give. Obviously, that is not the case here as the Red Sox are 9.5 games down in the AL East. So, how can a die hard Sox fan like this? Let me tell you.
I like where the Red Sox are currently because they are not necessarily buyers or sellers. If you look at my love situation above you will see that in a situation like that they may also be pretty set with their roster yet obviously in a much better situation when it comes to wins and losses.
Just like last year ended being a perfect storm of things falling into place and the boys bringing another Championship trophy to the City of Boston, this season also has some things lining up nicely. Once again, in terms of record at this point things are not aligned well. Now if scoring runs was on par with our recent history, then yes, the record would be great and we would be back to my "love" situation.
I like the fact that the Red Sox aren't buyers or sellers for once and can actually take the time to make quality transaction if one presents itself. We seem to have a bunch of minor league guys who have a lot of upside and are now ready for their chance. I like the idea of getting to see these get that chance with the Red Sox instead of trading them for a quick fix or to plug a hole.
For the people who are complaining that the Red Sox didn't go after anyone in the offseason, you are simply that group of people that get pleased none of the time. How many big money long term contracts do we need to get burned by? Let me guess, you have claimed Chapter 11 twice and are on your fourth marriage. Spending big money on a player who hasn't proven himself in Boston really hasn't panned out well. Jacoby Ellsbury was the one player (home-grown, proved himself) that deserved that type of contract from the Sox, but the Yankees completely overpaid.
Personally, when it comes to big money contracts, I prefer to have it go towards a player already on the team. You know you've been in chat rooms and argued with other people about those teams who "buy championships" and have done your best to defend the Red Sox. Winning it with home grown players and other teams' discards is a lot sweeter than having the biggest payroll and a roster full of guys who have never been to Portland or Pawtucket.
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