Think about this:
- One of the first free agents signed last year was Charlie Morton by the Astros. Charlie was a 33 year-old journeyman pitcher who went 14-7 with a 3.62 ERA (1.193 WHIP) in the regular season and then put up a 1.74 ERA (0.581 WHIP) and was the winning pitcher in the clinching game of the World Series. What I remember is that “experts” from many sources ridiculed the signing, saying that the Astros “way overpaid.” What did the experts know?
- In a case close to my home, NBA experts denounced the Pacers trade of Paul George to OKC for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. They said that the Pacers were “swindled.” Victor is playing at an All-Star Level and Sabonis (age 21) is averaging 12.5 ppg and 8.7 rpg as a backup to Miles Turner. Paul George? The Pacers swindled OKC in my opinion. What did the experts know?
- What about the signing of Brandon Morrow? The FAZ-Bashers openly denounced it. What did they know?
- Alex Wood?
- Chris Taylor?
- Cody Bellinger wasn’t ready! He wasn’t? Well, Keith Law and I said he was, but I digress!
I could go on-and-on, but I will stop there. The above examples are a few that are fresh in my mind. The so-called “experts” often don’t know any more than we (me and you) do. Sometimes they know less.
The same is true with who are the finalists in the Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton Sweepstakes. Who the hell knows? If I were Andrew Friedman I would say to Shohei Ohtani:
“This is LA – we sell out almost every game. This is the biggest stage in the world. You will be seen by more people around the would here than in any other ballpark (unless you have Time Warner). It’s not for everyone. Some can’t stand the pressure. Maybe you will do well in another smaller market, but in the back of your mind, you will always wonder if you could have made it in LA. I think you have what it takes, but do you? “
That would be my speech to him with that twist of reverse psychology. What do they have to lose?
Who the hell knows?