The video clip may require you to scroll down a bit, but I still vividly remember catching the end of this wild day. My team was out, and the two local teams were done after the Giants disappointed, the A’s a year away.
But the amazing Rays comeback, watched that with a Yankee fan. The Red Sox blowing it, watched next to the Red Sox bar, the Red Jack Saloon. Craziness, that’s what makes baseball great.
Buck Showalter has been an integral part of building or rebuilding 4 franchises in the last 22 years and is well respected around the league. Ubaldo Jimenez has a career record of now 1 game over .500. He has been a serviceable pitcher for his career.
However in a deadlocked do or die AL wild card game, Buck decided to go with Ubaldo in the bottom of the 11th rather than Zach Britton who had arguably the greatest season by any PITCHER (starting or relief) of all-time. This move follows conventional baseball logic to save your closer for a save chance on the road. It did not follow conventional do or die game baseball logic which says to pitch your best pitchers as much as long as you can to avoid elimination.
Conventional logic lost out as Edwin Encarnacion hit a 3 run bomb to send the Jays to Texas for the divisional round. The O’s fan frustration meter jumped up a few notches.
Good luck to the Jays who hope to repeat last year’s division series win over the Rangers.
But as the chart shows, I’m not so sure we should be that concerned about the recent downwards trend. Historically, we haven’t really seen the game take long slow declines into very low levels of offense; instead, we’ve seen the bottom drop out all at once, with corrections coming not long after. The game is cyclical, and doesn’t always require human intervention to find an equilibrium. – Steve
The article covers a good number of reasons in a very rational way. If sports is the best way to blow off steam without getting arrested, hating on A-rod is one of the most common, therapeutic ways of doing it.