Sunday, October 28, 2007


Obviously the Red Sox sweep was not surprising to me. I'm not a particular fan of the Red Sox, even though I thought they would win the World Series. If there is one endearing quality about them it's that the Red Sox are in a lot of ways an affirmation of Billy Beane and his analytic approach to baseball made famous in Michael Lewis's Moneyball. Theo Epstein is definitely from the same school of thought as Beane and it shows. The 2007 had a distinctive Moneyball feel to them, with patient hitters like Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis (Beane's "Greek god of walks" after all). Hideki Okajima is so reminiscent of Chad Bradford in Moneyball, and you could easily imagine Billy Bean building big stats for his hard-tossing closer, Jonathan Papelbon, and then trading him for a slew of underrated talent. Of course The A's would never have the money to sign other guys that Beane would love like David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, and Mike Lowell. Would Beane like a guy like Josh Beckett? He typifies a lot of what Beane avoids (big, hard throwing right hander) though he certainly has put up some impressive numbers over the years. Anyways, if you're a fan of Billy Beane and Moneyball, then you probably had to root for the Red Sox.

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