It largely boils down to a four game season, with anything less than three wins (barring total collapse by Cleveland) guaranteeing an early exit. Arroyo-yo was at the bottom of his game last night as the Jays dropped another bomb on the Sox.
As for the overall morale of the team, who can know? Not since the Clemens-Greenwell fiascos of the past has the end-of-season complaining reached these crescendos. Someone argues that Schilling gets a free pass (bloody sock victories over your mortal enemy does that) while Damon deserves his own special commentary.
A patient came to my office talking about the games. He had recently been laid off, but mostly has worked two blue collar jobs to make ends meet, in tough physical environments. He said that working a full day isn't hard enough, but often he would then work landscaping or plowing snow (in season) and have to go back to work the next day. That's tough, and that's just to pay the bills.
Joe Theismann wrote about Joe Gibbs saying that it takes three qualities to make great football players, character, intelligence, and ability. Damon has great physical skills and plays injured (note: a single to center is guaranteed first-to-third), but one wonders with his recent pronouncements whether his book was appropriately named.
The Hairy One seems destined for The Team That Must Never Be Named as it's apparent that his number one priority is top dollar. I'd suggest that he look into promoting MLB expansion to China, where not only will he get paid, but paid in a more stable currency.
For those who wait on every word from the Federal Reserve about price stability, the Federal Reserve was created in 1913. 92 years later, a dollar in 1913 is worth five cents now.
It all gets back to fans wanting maximal effort and minimal blowback from players complaining about playing conditions, teammates, The Hub, and especially money. Money doesn't guarantee happiness or championships, and the fans who admire and support this team to the max, the real heroes supporting their families, deserve better?
Isn't Vernon Wells a free agent?