BigSlick, on 23 December 2011 - 11:25 AM, said:
Today, I agree with everything you wrote. I know myself though. By mid March I'll be fighting the urge to start getting excited. By the end of March I'll completely cave and be all in again.
I'm hoping that this ends up being true for myself as well, but I'm not feeling it at this point.
Mike LansWho, on 23 December 2011 - 01:24 PM, said:
It will be even more interesting to see if Bobby Valentine and Bob McClure can turn things around for this squad. I will be staying tuned all winter and into spring training.
I will be staying tuned as well, but after last season, this squad doesn't get the benefit of the doubt. Aside from Ellsbury, Pedroia, and Scutaro, the team tanked to end the season. Your first sentence is basically the key point, and there's no way to gauge that from the outside. We're going to hear some of the right things from pro-team sources (best shape, Valentine has them fired up, jelling together in ST), and the expected wrong things from the town criers (talk radio, crap-stirring columnists) regardless of what is actually going on under the hood.
There's basically nothing tangible that can be done with this team, aside from small tweaks (and I don't hate the deals myself, but none of them are difference makers), and it's frustrating and not exciting to basically just have to sit around and hope that the intangibles work themselves out in 2012 differently than they did in 2011. That's not exciting to follow, at least for me, and frankly I think it's somewhat pathetic that we ever got to this point.