.... it reveals it.
There's been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth over the last three games.
It's easy to see what happened and question the talent level of this team. Certainly the pitching was enough to cause even the most optimistic of us to cringe.
But there was something else going on that is completely different than what we've observed over the last decade. In prior years, I think we'd all expect to see the team fold. How many times did we see the dreaded west coast swing do us in?
This team seems different. I've always held that talent is the final arbiter. But I've always felt that "chemistry" was an important, albeit unquantifiable component.
This team doesn't quit. They don't roll over when they're down. They get two out hits to produce runs.
They believe in themselves.
I think that it's far more instructive as to the type of team we have here that they never quit. They keep coming back, even on days like today, blowing a big lead.
I think that they gained more from coming back today than they would have had they coasted to a easy win, as it appeared they would.
Had they lost today, it would have been devestating. Had they tucked their tails between their legs and rolled over and taken the beating, it would have been just the kind of thing we've seen so many times in the past on the handful of "fool's gold" overachieving teams of the lost decade.
They didn't quit. That's huge.