Re: Don't underestimate the importance...
Veteran presence doesn't mean squat if those veterans can't produce.
Gonzalez provides a defensive bulwark for the IF, that's what's going to help the Reds. If Stanton pitches well, then that will help the Reds. Every team has its share of veterans. The Reds certainly haven't been lacking them over the previous six seasons. Did they teach the team how to thrive and how to handle the pressure of a competitive season? No.
All the "leadership" in the world will amount to nothing if you don't have the talent and that talent doesn't already have the necessary internal fortitude. When those two things are in place, then it doesn't matter who your elder statesman are. As long as they can contribute any mix of them will do.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
Last edited by M2; 05-02-2007 at 01:24 PM.