Injuries aside, the Red Sox didn’t win this year because other organizations simply wanted it more than they did…
A well-known baseball columnist wrote that. That’s right. Aside from losing their two best players, their opening day starting pitcher, and two thirds of their outfield to significant injuries, the Red Sox (with a payroll of over $170 million) simply did not want to go to the World Series.
Analogous statements to the above would be “iceberg aside, the Titanic simply didn’t want to stay afloat” or “heart-piercing stingray barb aside, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin simply didn’t want to live”.
Texas and San Francisco both “wanted it”, and that’s why they are in the World Series. I honestly wish my mind operated in simple binary code so I could accept statements like that. Life would be much more bliss without those pesky shades of gray.
I should probably avoid reading print media altogether after a sub-par Red Sox season, since folks like the fellow I’m quoting have an incentive to wave the red towel in front of people like me. Unfortunately, I’m a masochist. When I’m not applying a welding torch to various body parts or yanking hair out of my nostrils with a Leatherman, I enjoy reading opinion pieces on the internet, even when I’m relatively certain that the content of these columns will enrage me in some way.