Originally Posted by Nellie_Fox
Tanking for a draft pick is dishonorable in all sports, and stupid in baseball, since draft picks in baseball are notorious for not turning out like one would expect.
There are games to be played that will have an impact on the pennant races, and I don't wish to see the Sox be considered a team that tanked on purpose.
You have a point, but the Sox could always hide behind the notion of "we're playing the kids to get a better idea of what we have."
Besides, as strange as it may sound the opposite may be true. All year we've heard about our veterans not giving it all (although I don't know how true that is as it seemed like they were trying too hard most of the time), so maybe throwing the kids out there everyday, even moreso than we are now, would make us better? While the veterans only have numbers to play for, the kids would have potential jobs to play for, so even though it is garbage time so to speak we'd still get to see the kids play under a bit of pressure. Also anything can happen in baseball, as we all saw in 2005 when the Charlotte Knights swept the Indians out of the playoffs.
In all seriousness, aside from gaining the #1 overall pick I'd rather see guys like Broadway and Sweeney out there anyway. While they may not have enough time to make a serious impression, they still can make some kind of positive impression. Plus as a fan it personally would make the games a lot more fun for me to watch, win or lose. The only reason I watch now is to see the kids that are playing.