Just about a week ago, it was shared here that we should expect lamenting from RSN about what could have been this season if not for the health of some of their players.
And, now the Red Sox brass has picked up on using that excuse as well. From the Boston Globe:
“If we had been as healthy this year as last year, I would [be frustrated],” Henry said. “All teams have injuries, but when you lose the guy at the front of your rotation [Curt Schilling] and the back-of-your-rotation closer [Keith Foulke], it’s not easy this day and age to fill those spots. Imagine if the Yankees lost [Randy] Johnson and [Mariano] Rivera or they had 6 ERAs.
“So, I can’t be totally unhappy with having to fight to the finish. I was probably overly happy two weeks ago when we weren’t.”
Now, have the Yankees been 100% healthy this year? Have not all the members of their original starting rotation this year missed starts because of injuries? What about the Yankees bullpen? Go ask Sturtze and Gordon if their arms have been sound all year.
Further, didn’t Ruben Sierra, Bernie Williams, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, and Hideki Matsui all have injuries at some point this season (although Godzilla and Sheff played through theirs as a DH)? What about the bad thumb that Jeter’s been playing with for a good portion of this season?
In fact, a case could be made that some of the Yankees injuries were a chance for the Yankees to show their ability to find a way to win. Without Brown, Wright, and Pavano going down for extended periods then Wang, Small and Chacón are probably not wearing pinstripes right now.
The Red Sox owner is right when he says that it’s not easy to fill spots created due to injury. It’s not easy. But, it’s possible – just look at what the Yankees did. Now, using excuses, that’s easy to do.