“We brought these guys in and their job is to play,” Carp said. “As summer time comes around and it gets hot and guys need a break, we’ll get our at-bats. It’s a long year.”
No, John Farrell didn’t have a Joe Morgan-like hunch when he inserted Carp in the lineup but “I didn’t know that he’d do that. He’s a good fastball hitter. We talked about getting lefties in the lineup. To get a base hit inside the third base bag and get things rolling for us was big. He did a great job,” Farrell said.
Right now, with the Sox 10-4, every decision appears to be the right one. Inserting Carp may not be classified as a stroke of genius, but on an April night before 10,282 in Cleveland, Carp helped win a game.