Petty Dan re-emerges today. He aims his snarkiness at the nouveau Red Sox fans, the ones who joined the Nation in 2004; the ones who wear pink Red Sox caps; the ones who apparently did not know that the sport of baseball even existed prior to 2004. Why do these people bother him so?
Obvious Dan also reminds us that "Every team in major league ball averages at least one loss every three games." I wonder if he has been hanging around Bill James too long?
Contradictory Dan spends a column telling people that they are fools if they think this is the most awesome team ever but then he says,
The Sox are good, and if they'd acquired Johan Santana, they could have been the best Red Sox team of all time.Santana is obviously a superb pitcher but this kind of comment smacks of everything he wails against in the rest of the column.
It is not a horrible column....but in my mind, there are the typical tired elements of Shaughnessy fare: State the obvious; criticize the expectations (ones that he feeds with one hand and slaps away with the other); ridicule the fans; state the obvious again; and finally contradict himself undermining the whole premise of his column.