Full credit to Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus, who– as I mentioned in today’s Afternoon Snack– had the fantastic idea of looking back on predictions from the spring that had gone awry, and pulling out some doozies from Alex Anthopoulos by way of this National Post piece from late February.
At least, at first I thought it was a fantastic idea. Then I actually read the entirety of what Alex Anthopoulos had said back then, which would have caused a lesser man– a man with a constitution less fortified by years of sweet delicious booze– to puke his fucking guts out all over the goddamn bathroom floor (assuming, of course, that he was reading it while on the toilet, which… wouldn’t he be?).
I might still toss. You’ve been warned.
“There’s no doubt about it, this is probably the best I’ve felt about the talent we have in the organization top to bottom.”
“Aaron Hill’s got a world of ability and he’s a lot better than he showed last year, but just the production we got out of the position, I think it’s easy to get more than that right now.”
“I just think it’s a very comfortable environment. We absolutely try to make it that way. That’s not to say we don’t hold players accountable … but we do consciously try to make it a place that players feel relaxed. When players are relaxed and they’re not worried about things, normally you’ll get great performance.”
“We didn’t score any runs for him, and the way he pitched early in the season before he got sent down, I think that hurt him as well. So I think Brett’s going to have a big year.”
“I’m probably as excited about [McGowan] as I am about any of our starters.”
“The depth that we do have is all kids, but kids with talent and ceiling and upside. From that standpoint, a year from now we could be talking about a rotation where we have too many guys, which is great.”
I could go on and surely find a dozen more optimistic tomes, but I’m entirely spent [spits]. Just… gross.