Friday, August 2, 2013

Red Sox Success From Physics, Not Chemistry

Your 2013 Carmine Hose now possess the most wins in all of baseball—66. They are playing .600 ball and they have scored 553 runs (the most in the major leagues). They're hitting .273 as a team, second only to the Tigers. They have 1,044 hits—again second only to Detroit. And get this, your Red Sox are second in baseball in stolen bases (83). So, while they are exhibiting remarkable team cohesiveness and they each seem to pick each other up night after night, it is physics not chemistry that is propelling them into the elite ranks of baseball. Bats hitting balls: physics. Pitchers hitting their spots: physics. Those are things you can quantify. Chemistry is the fairy dust of sports—it cannot be defined. As much as it pains us to write these words, WEEI's Kirk Minihane is right—winning breeds chemistry (whatever the heck that is), and not the other way around.