Re: The cost of Tito's eternal trust in his players..... "The Francona Factor" that counts
posted at 8/9/2011 11:32 AM EDT
In Response to Re: The cost of Tito's eternal trust in his players..... "The Francona Factor" that counts
[QUOTE]I'm no baseball manager, but I'd have to think that deciding when to take out and leave in pitchers has to be the toughest part of the job.
Back to that awful night in New York, 2003 ... imagine if Grady had come out, talked to Pedro a little, and left him in. Then Pedro resumes throwing bee-bees and we win. Everyone would have praised Grady for showing faith in his veteran, etc. Instead, well, we know what happened. During the season, so much has to go into it because you have another game in less than 24 hours. Girardi apparently felt it necessary to bring in Hughes Sunday night, which I won't criticize him for but it certainly blew up in his face. (And for the record, I think Girardi has done a very good job this year). Sure, there are moments that leave us all scratching our heads. The other night, I was screaming at my TV,
"Pinch hit Salty for Tek!!" And "Come on, Morales is about to walk in a couple more runs!!" That's natural. I've said before that as fans, we can't possibly know what goes into managing a game and a team during a 162-game season. When we play MLB 2K11, we don't have to worry about pitch counts, injuries, or the next game. But they live in the real world. Oh, one final thought: There's always a certain segment of fans of a certan team who are convinced their coach/manager is an idiot. I'm sure there were Packer fans in the '60s who thought Lombardi should have won five more championships.
Posted by LloydDobler[/QUOTE]
Enjoyed the post and smiled a lot ...
First bold area ... agree, and have been taught a lot on this site about things that I held as a "better way" - i.e., Earl Weaver's way .... but pitching today is SO different from Earl's ...
Second bold area...I used to scream at the tv at those "obvious" and "critical" moments. But my wife has laid down the law. I can enjoy it all I want, but I have to live by the same rules I instituted with my kids and those s
crappy videos games they played (they were s
crappy at the time because they didn't play well enough.... but were just fine when they played well, oc course.) I did a lot of screaming at the tv when they traded Nomah ....
Third ... I do know (or rather, did ...RIP) a couple old timer who oddly enough thought the Packers won in spite of the Joe. When the winning (championships) ended ... they were ready fo his head.