→ The 2013 Red Sox: Don’t Call It a Comeback

Grantland’s Jonah Keri breaks down the 2013 Red Sox:

Had you predicted this the day after the 2012 season ended, you would have been labeled a witch. Back then, the Sox had just completed a year in which they finished with the third-worst record in the American League. There was infighting, manager scapegoating, and all the misery that comes when a high-expectations team turns in one of the worst seasons in club history and the nation’s most overzealous media buzzards get to pick from the bones. All of this one year after Boston turned in the biggest September collapse of all time, then had all of that blamed on fried chicken, beer, and a manager who we were told gave zero Fs.

The whole piece is great, but this might be my favorite part:

Really, everything the Red Sox did — and especially what they didn’t do — boiled down to recognizing what they had. While critics lamented a team that appeared content with mediocrity, Cherington and company kept cooler heads, and recognized September 2011 and the entire 2012 season for what they were: wildly unlikely scenarios that didn’t reflect the true quality of the organization’s talent, both at the major league level and on the farm.

Exactly. Keri hits the proverbial nail right on the head.1

  1. If you cannot tell, I am not just a Red Sox fan, but I am a Jonah Keri fan. He is probably the best baseball columnist out there.