Re: If we have a big lead in the 9th in game 6
posted at 10/29/2013 11:46 PM EDT
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
In response to SonicsMonksLyresVicars' comment:
Ahhh...another thought: this is an imperfect analogy as Uehara seems to be at the pinnacle of his career as the top relief pitcher today/ever(?)....whereas the then still-great batter but hobbled fielder Bill Buckner was not in 1986. Stapleton had been his late-game defensive replacement dozens(?) of times in 1986....and 3-4 times in the WS. But, curiously, not in Game 7????
The cowardly, lying hound McNamara has never, to my knowledge, admitted that he kept Buckner on the field to win on the field.
My point? Win, win, win, win.
If in the 9th inning tomorrow Tazawa is mowing the Cards down and Napoli has fielded flawlessly all game would you call time to put in Uehara to pitch and Ortiz to play first? I wouldn't and I'd bet Koji and David wouldn't either....
I think the difference here is , we are talking about if it was a blowout. In a close game, you take no chances. In a blowout, it doesn't really matter. It would just be for show.
I think we are largely in agreement....but, personally, I'd prefer a 24-0, 6 grand slam blowout to another Uehara/Ortiz legendary, improbable victory.
Just win!....If Ortiz hits into 4 double plays with the bases loaded tomorrow and Uehara gives up 3 runs in the 9th but we still win....the team wins! They win! We win! And U & O will still be lionised forever for their Game 1-5 exploits.