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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Jenkins: 3-Dot Lounge: Cashing in early

Some primo cherry-nose picking outta the drippin’ 3-Snot Lounge.

Perhaps you can forgive Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon for taking his foot off the accelerator Thursday night. He’s never been in the position of cruising to an American League championship during an apparent rout at Fenway Park. For one thing, and this is a longtime 3-Dot peeve, he removed a starting pitcher, Scott Kazmir, when he was absolutely cruising to victory: six innings, two hits, only 111 pitches (if you think that’s a lot, take this fresh pair of eyeglasses, a dandy new pen and a slide rule, on me).

...And yet another, that same inning: B.J. Upton, always a bit too casual in everything he does (except hit), not hauling down Mark Kotsay’s key double to left-center

...We still like the Rays, and in that poor excuse of a baseball town, they need to close it out. If they become the team that choked away the ALCS, they’re right back to dreadful attendance, a shameful ballpark and realistic talk of a move elsewhere.

Repoz Posted: October 18, 2008 at 04:54 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: October 18, 2008 at 06:35 AM (#2986204)
Only a nerd would get tired after 111 pitches.
   2. Belfry Bob Posted: October 18, 2008 at 11:34 AM (#2986223)
If they become the team that choked away the ALCS, they’re right back to dreadful attendance, a shameful ballpark and realistic talk of a move elsewhere.

So finishing first again next year won't make them more relevant?
   3. Crashburn Alley Posted: October 18, 2008 at 02:17 PM (#2986256)
But Maddon, like so many managers, forgot to actually watch the game. Kazmir's last inning featured emphatic strikeouts of Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay. So he stays. No other evidence required

Damn that Maddon nerd, always motorboating spreadsheets. Get your head out of Excel, buddy, and realize how awesome Kazimr's strikeouts looked. Screw that medical science.
   4. GregQ Posted: October 18, 2008 at 03:21 PM (#2986278)
forgot to actually watch the game


This is pretty funny coming from Jenkins. A buddy of mine worked at the Chronicle for 3.5 years and is a huge baseball fan. He often got press passes for the Giant games and told me that in the entire time he never saw Jenkins at a game and only once saw him in the office. Apparently he records games and then watches them at his leisure at home. So the only part of the game he sees is what the camera shows- and he does not talk to players about how they feel about this. I do believe that he does often go to playoff games however so that might not be true here, but I do not believe he was in Boston.
   5. TerpNats Posted: October 20, 2008 at 04:07 AM (#2989652)
Well, thanks to Matt Garza, it's all moot. The third time was not the charm -- either in games or ALCS comebacks -- for the New England Evil Empire, and the Rays can exhale and move on to what should be a fascinating World Series against the Phillies.
   6. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 20, 2008 at 04:12 AM (#2989657)
Jenkins is a parody of the old, bitter sports writer archetype.

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