Re: Next up - # 200
posted at 7/24/2011 7:11 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Next up - # 200
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Next up - # 200 : I will tell you something interesting about today's game, I was worried in the first inning, by the second i was calm, by the 6th i was at peace with the game. Then when Wake got bombed in the 7th ( I let my evil side take over) I questioned if he still had it, 8th grade thinking set in im afraid. I questioned if he should be let go and bring in another younger guy that had a future not a perfect end. Then I came to my senses and realized that Tito was trying to get as many innings as possible out of Wake, why not with the run machine behind him and a 9 run lead. Wake was in essence exactly what the Sox needed today, an innings eater keeping the home town team in the game. One last comment about the game today and this board, I noticed someone posted a worrisome post about Aceves giving up another run. Still in my adult thought mode, i was shocked that someone would worry about this guy who has saved us so many times this year i cannot count them. He was pitching to contact to get his team out of the game as quickly as possible. I then realized that Tito is a hell of a lot smarter than me about baseball and has instilled that intelligence into his players. Go Sox and Thanks Wake!
Posted by promise4you
Baseball's roller-coaster ride stirs the animal instincts in all of us.
Many don't realize how intensity level affects both players and fans alike.
For example, there's a fear Paps now can't nail down a 1-run win. But he still continues to. And it you notice, he amps it up to 97 MPH in the process.
Wake is at his best when he feels he has something to prove. Think about it. His last outings. It's been his MO all his life, similar to the way Pedey harnesses
that chip on his shoulder. Once Wake loses that intensity, his dancer loses it's extra bite. Of course, fatigue and other elements weigh into it also.
Aceves is the same way. He pitches better with more on the line. It's the same for hitters, as game conditions affect concentration level. And as fans, it's often difficult to think of these guys as anything but well-paid, well-oiled machinery.