Originally Posted by Mutaman
yeah we had that Stubbs fellow last year.
Yeah, we did. And he was not without his moments, but there is no question we are better for having Choo.
But think about the other pieces - and we can include the guys still currently on the team who are injured - as well as the guys no longer here.
There are so many people who want to compare this year's team to last year's. I just don't see the relevance nor value.
How many times, in a 5 game series, does a team that goes on the road for the first 2 come home and need to win only one yet lose all 3? That almost NEVER happens. But it did to this team last year...this mythical, magical team that choked in a way that is almost never seen in professional sports.
This is NOT the same team as last year's. So many times we're given the status/record of last year's bunch in comparison as a shot of codeine when we lament the status of our current bunch. But it just doesn't hold any weight. Sure, does it demonstrate the fact that baseball's a weird game and that anything can happen? Yeah. Does it illustrate the fact that the season is not over and perhaps we shouldn't panic? Yeah, I'll go with that too. But comparisons between the 2012 and 2013 Reds should not go any further. Heck, if I wanted to, using that logic, I could argue that Stubbs was more useful to the Reds than Choo if they win fewer than 97 games. We're not presently on pace to do that. And we trail two teams in our division; granted, the argument could be made that ours is the toughest in baseball.
I just think the comparisons need to stop. And I hope....that if this team makes the playoffs, even as a WC team, we ride the lightning and win the whole thing even if we weren't a favorite going in, as we were last year.