Originally Posted by cws05champ
C'mon, lets not pretend like we all thought that Iguchi and AJ were the last missing pieces to a championship team. At the end of that off-season where we had let Maggs go, traded Carlos Lee for a speed guy and a reliever and brought in Dustin Hermannson to back up Shingo...it sure didn't look like a championship roster, even a playoff roster.
Even the most optimistic people were saying 80 something wins. It wasn't until we saw how the team pitched and how the offense clicked together when everyone took notice of how the team was built and how Ozzie was using them.
That's not entirely accurate. Nobody saw 99 wins and 11 more in the playoffs coming but plenty of us felt they were good enough to compete in if not win the division. Nobody in the media seemed to think they were any good but I remember people being plenty excited they finally had a legitimate 5th starter in Hernandez, a legitimate catcher in Pierzynski, and that Willie Harris finally wasn't starting anymore.