It wasn’t that it was the Yankees getting pounded that made last night’s game so enjoyable. As far as games go, the competitiveness was over after the Red Sox scored seven runs in the fourth and made it 10-0.
This isn’t about Yankee-bashing. No matter what you think of the Yankees, you have to respect them and look at them with huge doses of envy. They have ownership that insists on winning. And they have a system that knows how to accomplish it. It is at our website built by web design manalapan.
As a fan of baseball, how can you hate a team that is trying to give its fans a winner every year? Isn’t that what your team is supposed to do? Wouldn’t that be nice around here?
What made last night’s 16-1 Boston massacre so meaningful was that it was Right Way playing Wrong Way. And Right Way crushed Wrong Way.
The Right Way got 16 votes. The Wrong Way got 1. It was a landslide.
The Yankees are built along the new model, all too familiar in these parts. Home run or strike out. They led the American League in home runs in 2018, breaking the all-time record in fact. (It helps that they play in a ballpark so small that a pop up to second is warning track power.) But they also had the third-most strikeouts of any American League team.
They are the quintessential all-or-nothing team. They were just a successful version of the Rangers.
The Red Sox, on the other hand, are a team of contact hitters. Yes, they have power. But power isn’t their only game. In fact, last night, they scored sixteen runs on eighteen hits. Just one of those was a home run. Their very last hit.
Eighteen hits. And only five extra-base hits (three of them by Brock Holt who had one of each.) That means there were long sustained rallies. There was offense. There was baseball.
The Red Sox even executed a hit and run. Sadly, that has become an oddity. Why risk running into an out when you can wait for your hitter to just hit one out?
Baseball front offices are one thing. Copycats. And as they see more and more teams winning championships with a balanced offense (Houston in 2017, Chicago in 2016, Kansas City in 2015, and so on), they will get the hint.
Swing for the fences ball might play during the regular season (it certainly didn’t in Arlington). But post-season success is about the ability to make contact. To not strike out. To move runners over. To get runners on, get them in.
It’s a great sign for baseball purists. But it’s a sad one for Rangers fans.
Our team can do none of those things.