Tuesday, September 26, 2006, 10 am
As all are painfully aware, last night was the official end of the race.
While many had written us off sometime in August (or earlier), it was just this weekend that I felt we weren’t going to get it done. Even as late as Thursday/Friday of last week, when the Twins dropped two games, we had the opportunity to pull within 3 1/2. We didn’t get it done.
During the weekend’s games, we talked about how the season seemed to break down into three parts. The first, say until about mid May, was our best. It was the closest we came to playing to our potential. We pitched pretty well. We slugged our way to the division lead.
Then our starting pitching faltered and became inconsistent. Our bullpen became exposed, and we made some moves to address that issue. We kind of treaded water through that time.
The third "act" came after the All-Star Break. Our offense became very inconsistent while our starting pitching bounced back to give us hope.
This all set us up for September. Most of us entered the month hoping things could come together. Entering the month, there was the feeling that a good run of 10-15 games would bring us right back to where we felt (rightly or wrongly) this team belonged. But we just could not rise to that opportunity, be it performance-based, injury-based, or no gas left in the tank based. The fault is ours.
Everyone here certainly is frustrated. We need to re-group this offseason, evaluate the team, and address the appropriate weaknesses/issues/changes. I promise you that Kenny Williams and his staff has already started this process.
Robert Johnson At The Crossroads
During the weekend, a longtime Chicago columnist asked me, "If you had the opportunity before last year, wouldn’t you have agreed to suffer through 2006 if it meant a World Series title in 2005?"
I would, but today still hurts.
Not sure when I will have the enthusiasm to post for a while, so to everyone who read and contributed to this blog during the season (praise and criticism), thanks so much.
One of the goals when I started this two years ago was to create a method for us to communicate directly with our fans. I hope we’ve delivered. And I hope you understand we care right along with you.
Thanks and Go Sox.