Re: Game Thread: Game To Decide If Reds Get Home Field Advantage For WS (EE out again)
Just a couple of random thoughts about the game.
Was that intro about "the stars" coming across the country just about the cheesiest thing ever produced for a baseball game? It did give Fox the chance to show lots of scantily clad ladies, which I'm sure was the purpose.
What on earth is baseball thinking do an "in game" ceremony. For heaven's sake, we're playing a ballgame here. Get the heck off the field, shut your yap, Bud, and let the game go on. If you've got to have a ceremony, do it before the game. And while Clemente was a fabulous guy, a great player, what is the reason for honoring him. It's not quite 34 years after his death. Was he recognized specially when last in Pittsburgh in 1994? Play the game!
I liked Phil Garner's philosophy. Have fun! If you feel like stealing a base, do it. If it's a 3-0 count and you're a bopper, take a hack at it. We're not having any signs, just do it. Then there was tough old Ozzie. I'm supposed to play everybody, but I want to win. If you don't like, make the team next year (is Ozzie admitting the Chisox aren't repeating as WS winners this year?).
Leave it to a former Red's farmhand, a reliever, to blow the save. Ouch!
I thought Eckstein was named to the team because they needed another shortstop. So why slide Sanchez (?) over from short to second so Eckstein could play short? Couldn't he have stayed put and Brandon Phillips have played second???? And then, to add insult to injury, Eckstein whiffs! Sheesh!