Sorry I didn’t get a post together this morning. Things have been a little crazy.
But, I just read Jonah Keri’s Rays piece for Grantlandwhile eating baby carrots at my desk and I have to wonder, did Simmons corrupt our guy or did he just sell us out to get some Boston readership? Something funny is going on here.
The piece starts by explaining all the highlights of the Rays turnaround that we have come to love to
Bill Simmons’ fraternity brothers Grantland’s readers. But then, in a neck-snapping turn so abrupt it had me considering a call to 1-800-Ask-Gary, he concludes:
It doesn’t matter how much talent the Rays farm system produces and how many shut-down relievers they pull out of thin air. They have to spend more money if they want to knock off the Yanks and Sox.
Wait. What? Can we get an explanation at least?
Jonah has been so good to the Rays that I am going to assume, for now, that his original piece offered a detailed and nuanced explanation for this bizarre conclusion that was subsequently cut by the editor Simmons hired for wearing a Red Sox sweatshirt with a stain to the job interview.
Jonah knows the club too well to dismiss a proven process. Right?
I thought you were our guy Jonah.