posted at 9/17/2011 1:07 PM EDT
In Response to Re: SB's
[QUOTE]What's your view on the many statistical analyses on the value of SB? 1) Though the alleged value of SB is long since discredited, it still worries you; 2) Other.
Posted by SonicsMonksLyresVicars[/QUOTE]
Hmmm...long since discredited?
9th inning of Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series?
The inning- opening base on balls to Kevin Millar. Pinch runner Roberts trotting to the bag. The throws over from Mariano Rivera. The takeoff on the first pitch to Bill Mueller. The head-first slide. The Jorge Posada throw just inches to the shortstop side of the bag. The artful swipe tag by Derek Jeter. And, most important, the "safe" sign executed by umpire Joe West.
Three people were involved in the manufacture of the run that saved the Red Sox' season and set the forces in motion for the greatest postseason comeback march in American sports history. Millar had to draw that walk from Rivera, Roberts had to steal that base. And Mueller had to bring him home with a single to center. But it is Roberts, the journeyman outfielder, whose star shines a bit brighter in the storytelling than the other two. For, in theory, any position player on the roster could have done what Millar and Mueller did. But no one else on the roster could have done what Roberts did, and everyone knows it.
Let's say...despite Earl Weaver's conventional wisdom about stolen bases...stealing bases is as much art as science and is situational unqiue to the runner, pitcher, batter, score etc.
Awfully glad someone though of letting Dave Roberts steal.