Then there is what the Red Sox did in the eighth inning. Already up 8-2, Boston got a leadoff single from Jacoby Ellsbury, who promptly stole second base and then scored on a single by Shane Victorino. Witn Dustin Pedroia batting, Victorino took off, and went first-to-third on a single. The Red Sox wound up getting four runs in the inning to turn a blowout into a laugher.
...When the Red Sox started the bottom of the eighth inning up 8-2, their win expectancy was 99.7 percent. That is not 100 percent, and a team that had a 99.78 percent chance of making the playoffs in September 2011 before collapsing down the stretch should know better than to take anything for granted. And if the Rays are embarrassed by the Red Sox running up the score and putting the game further out of reach?
“If we are, it’s our fault,” said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. “You look for the same opportunities, for them to arise, for you to do the same thing in return, if you can. But I don’t play that game. I don’t believe in that stuff. I know that’s something that was written, I think, in 19-ought-eight, and it’s supposed to be adhered to the rest of your life. ... The old-school rules that were written were when singles were the norm and homers were not. There’s a lot of the game that people get upset about, and part of it is the phrase that ‘they are trying to embarrass us.’ If they did, that was our fault. Entirely our fault. If you get embarrassed in the game, I blame it on me, us. The accountability lies with the Rays, not the Red Sox doing their job. The object of the game is to score runs, and that’s what they were doing.
“Again, I think a lot of those old-school rules were written based on the type of offense that was played back in the day. And I don’t necessarily agree with all of them.”
Maddon is absolutely right, except for one thing: those rules never were written anywhere. If they were, baseball might be able to save itself a lot of hand-wringing and consternation over what they are and when they get broken.
Posted: October 05, 2013 at 07:04 AM | 31 comment(s)
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