Originally Posted by TheVulture
I don't know, Lip, the way I remember it, the main difference between '06 and '05 was the pitching didn't hold up. Buehrle was clearly worn down and had a poor year, while the bullpen went from lock down mode to beatable, though I do agree the hole in CF was a problem for years. I'm not going to say it was Thome's fault, he did a good job with the Sox. It's not his fault KW wasn't able to plug a decent player in center.
Brian Anderson killed that team. Killed it. I just don't get why you trade for Thome when you won a W.S. with Rowand in CF. I agree with the poster who said Frank and Rowand probably get you back into the playoffs. I just didn't love the trade when it happened. Now, Thome was great to have in '08, but I would have rather been a playoff team in '06.
"I'm sorry that you don't like our manager," Williams says he told him.
"I'm sorry that you don't like our 3-4-5 hitters. Or our closer.
"I'm sorry that you don't like our third baseman and our shortstop. Or our left fielder and our right fielder.
"I'm sorry people feel this way about our club. But I also want you to know something about that:
"We don't care."
-Kenny Williams before start of 2005 season