Latest round of old-cooty dismissiveness from World Chess Organgrinder, Bill Madden.
What began relatively harmlessly — with the Rays raising their 2011 wild card banner as the Yankees, with their 27 world championships, no doubt looked on in bemusement — quickly evolved into a wild managerial chess match between Joe Girardi and Joe Maddon when neither of the team’s aces, CC Sabathia and James (Big Game) Shields, had much.
...As for his curious moves in the eighth inning that set the stage for the improbable Rays’ win, Maddon was characteristically firm in his convictions. On sending Vogt into that situation for his first major league at-bat, Maddon said: “That’s why we put him on the team — for that moment.” And on Molina’s two-strike squeeze? “We don’t necessarily do things that were written 50-60 years ago. We utilize our skill sets where the situation warrants.”
Whatever. All that matters is how it all came out and Maddon managed furiously to get to that situation.
...At the time, it seemed like a lot of effort for nothing, with Rivera waiting in the wings to close it out. But then, all that stuff happened in the ninth and when Pena’s fly ball came to rest in the far reaches of left field and Zobrist trotted home from third, a raucous celebration of Rays broke out in the infield.
You’d have thought they’d won the wild card.
Posted: April 07, 2012 at 08:24 AM | 30 comment(s)
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