Re: Nava base running
posted at 7/30/2013 10:12 AM EDT
In response to S5's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
One thing I believe we can all agree on is that, whenever Iglesias starts, the Sox do not have a good pinch runner available. Ironically, last night was a rare instance when one was available and Farrell unwisely chose not to use him. The guy he did send in failed to score not once but twice. The guy he failed to send in would have scored with either opportunity.
I absolutely agree. It's somwhat ironic that the Sox now have four players with decent (or better) speed - which is more than I can remember - and last night they didn't take advantage of that speed.
As you can tell from my previous post, I'm not much of a Monday Morning QB. On the whole I think the manager knows more than I do about things so I try to not second-guess him. However, I would like to ask Farrell exactly what he was hoping for in the 9th inning that would make Iggy more valuable as a PR then than he would have been in the 8th especially with the three fastest guys in the lineup coming up next in the order.
On the whole the outcome of that game was a very bitter pill to swallow. We like to tell people to control the things they can control, and the players did that. The players played hard and got themselves back into the game, then they were let down by something completely out of their control.
I can understand an umpire making a bad call in judgement. That happens and will be rectified next year with the use of instant replay. What I can't forgive is an umpire not being in position to be able to see what's happening.
I see a few good things coming out of that game.
1) After being shut down by Price for 16 innings they had enough left in themselves to come back and try to win that game late. That says a lot about their courage.
2) Last night's play at the plate will become a reason to implement IR next year - if there's any doubt that it's needed.
3) This team has been continually maligned for a lack of star talent. Not many people expected them to be where they are and I believe they've developed an "us against the world" mentality because of it. This will reinforce that mentality and they'll continue to play even harder.
Typical S5 stuff--better than anything I said. I do think the plan for Iglesias was to be a late inning defensive replacement with the possible opportunity to pinch hit or pinch run when he went in. But, as you and Peter Abraham both say, the bottom of the 8th is already very late in the game.
Completely agree with #3, which was very much in evidence last night. Just think-- Lavarnway and Drew got the big hits when the Sox backs were against the wall.