: and even good quality organizations (yes, Cleveland) almost
: always are in better shape than the teams like Boston, who do
: it all with mirrors.
Here we have a typical Boston fan who thinks his team is the worst that
ever played, in the face of all evidence. In the last 16 years, being the
period in which the Mariners and Blue Jays have played, Boston has the
second-best record of any team.
1. New York Yankees 1357 1176 .536 ----
2. Boston Red Sox 1353 1180 .534 4
25. Cleveland Indians 1141 1385 .452 212.5
26. Seattle Mariners 1084 1452 .427 274.5
If you narrow it down to the last ten years, Boston falls all the way to
fifth (Toronto is first), still pretty good, while Cleveland claims last
place. The last five years? Boston is down to seventh, but still well over
.500. Cleveland is still last.
Cleveland has finished with a better record than Boston only once in this
period. Boston also has the highest worst-record of any team, last year's
.451, and have been the most consistent of any team in the majors
(smallest difference between best record and worst record). Boston is the
only major league team that Seattle has never had a better record than (we
tied them in '87).
So explain to me how this translates to a) Cleveland is "usually in better
shape than" Boston, and b) Boston does it all with mirrors. Sure, you
aren't leading the league right now, nor are you particularly likely to
this year, and no, you haven't won a lot of World Series lately; but
Boston has been a great team and a perennial contender for a long
time now. It's harder to play well over a long season, and even
harder over 16 years, than it is to win a seven-game Series. Leave
the miserable whining to us, who need it to survive.