Re: Managerial search over. It's Dusty.
When I first heard the deal was done, I was not happy. I think we all had a superficial view of what Dusty was all about, and it wasn't pretty. The rap sheet included pitcher abuse, over-reliance on veterans, and on and on, as has been outlined here ad infinitum.
M2 led the charge, IMO, in looking beyond these notions and looking deeper into the hiring. Some of his best writing, IMO, and that's saying a lot for a RedsZone icon.
For me, the idea that it portends spending the likes of which we haven't seen before was the tipping point in accepting Baker. If all we're doing is paying him 3+ million a year to manage the same roster we finished the year with, I'd join the conga line jumping off the Roebling Bridge.
It's been a fascinating process reading all the varied opinions and conjecture accompanying this move. Caveat Emporer likened it to the 5 stages of the grieving process, with acceptance coming far too early.
GAC is moving to Cleveland and maybe on to Canada with Alec Baldwin.
If what we have here is truly a sea change in spending then I'm on board.
If not, and the pitching isn't addressed, there will be a lot of "I told you so" heard around here.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
~ Mark Twain