In a three minute span, Dave Henderson just espoused regression to the mean and winning being the cause of chemistry. Seriously. The conversation went something like this.
Rizzs: Hasegawa has struggled, blah blah blah.
Henderson: Well, you know, he had an ERA of 2.00 last year. When you have a year that far out of line with the numbers on your baseball card, look out next year. The baseball gods will bring you back to earth.
Rizzs: Blah blah blah. Melvin did a great job keeping this team up despite all the losses.
Henderson: Absolutely. You know, its easy to be loose and have great chemistry when things are going well. Chemistry comes from winning. When you’re losing, it’s hard to keep your spirits up.
We’ve given Dave Henderson a tough time for some pretty far-off comments the past few years, but these two simple beliefs could have saved the Mariners millions of dollars last offseason. Congrats to Hendu for nailing these points on the broadcast.