By STEVE KRAUSE
Idle chatter while waiting to see how long it takes for Tom Brady to file a defamation-of-character suit, or whether he’ll just put the guns away and let his play do the talking from hereon out.
You have to hand it to the Lynn Babe Ruth program for showing a lot of integrity heading into the 15-year-old New Englandregionals next week at Fraser Field.
Host teams get automatic bids into these tournaments. That means that Lynn could have skipped the honor of playing in the district and state tournaments and concentrated on getting ready for the New Englands.
It could have. But instead, it took on all comers. And if the boys win one more game (today, 5:30 at BC High) they’ll be state champions.
That’s how they’d prefer it.
“It’s been our goal for three years to win a state title,” says manager Leon Elwell. “I’ve had these kids since they were 13, and we’ve come up short the last two years. They want to win this.”
There’s a fine line, of course, that separates staying in game condition so that you can be ready to play when the time comes, and going all-out and possibly ending up less than healthy when the big moments come.
The Golden State Warriors and the New England Patriots come to mind as recent examples of two teams that exhausted themselves in going for a regular-season record for wins and an undefeated season, respectively, but fell short of the big prize. Every time this happens, the debate over what’s more important rears its head. Should the Warriors have rested their starters for a few games late in the season so that they’d be fresh for the playoffs? Were the Patriots better off taking the pressure off themselves by losing a game during the 2007 regular season so that the weight of perfection wasn’t bearing down on them?
To me, these are silly arguments, but people make them. And with a straight face, too.
It’s pretty refreshing to see a bunch of kids who consider earning their spot preferable to coasting into it, especially since we see plenty of examples every day of people who do just enough to “get by.”
One can only hope they achieve that goal today. But even if they don’t, hats off to them for considering a state title important enough to go for it.
The District 16 LIttle League tournament wrapped up Friday night, with Swampscott coming out of the loser’s bracket to beatPeabody West.
It’s very easy to put the knock on organizations such as Little League for exposing kids who aren’t even adolescents yet to untold pressures, and, if they’re fortunate enough to live the dream of playing in the World Series in Williamsport, Penn., making celebrities out of them when they may not be ready for that.
But it’s also fascinating to watch them perform, especially the ones who can rise to the occasion and get the big hit, or make the big play. It may be unfair to have such expectations of 12-year-old kids, but, boy, it’s fun to watch at the same time.
To all the fanboys and girls out there who are convinced that Tom Brady should turn around and sue the NFL for defamation of character, keep one thing in mind: if there’s even a hint that he was complicit in whatever was done to deflate those footballs, he’s going to have to testify to it under oath. If he were to perjure himself, and facts are ever brought up to bear this out, whatever is left of his reputation will be shredded beyond repair.
It says here that his best course of action is to rest up and get ready to put a severe hurting on his opponents come October.
These people who complain about the Red Sox trading away prospects for a proven Major League pitcher just don’t get it, do they?
First of all, what is a prospect? For those old enough to remember the 1978 season, Bobby Sprowl was a prospect. Then the Red Sox put them out there and not only could he not get anyone out, he couldn’t even get the ball over the plate.
The gold standard of bad trading, or so goes conventional wisdom, was Jeff Bagwell for Larry Anderson in 1990. At the time, Anderson was a journeyman reliever who gave the Red Sox a few good games down the stretch that season. Bagwell became one of the game’s most feared sluggers with the Houston Astros.
The Red Sox, you may recall, won the American League East that season. Bagwell finally got into a World Series in 2005 — his last year in the Major Leagues. It’s not always that cut and dried.
If Drew Pomeranz can make enough of a difference that the Red Sox get into the post-season and make some noise, then it’s worth trading Anderson Espinoza and all the other unproven pitchers in the system to make that happen.