Word count in the latest column from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe about the new values Bobby Valentine plans to instill in the Red Sox:
- Some variation of the word “tough”: 26
- Some reference to running out ground balls: 6
- “grit”: 3
- “Punto”: 2
- Mentions of the quality of the starting pitching: 0
- Mentions of the pitchers’ “shenanigans”: 1
Ah, the offseason. When a 90-win team’s failure to make the playoffs can be cast as a function of grit, determination and a Punto deficit disorder, and nothing that actually happened on the diamond.