Re: Phillips' Boner (Fred Merkle)
I stated that I am a not a big believer in "all things stay the same if this happened differently", but that inning:
* BP single.
>> Thrown out during Cozart's AB.
* Cozart walks.
* Votto F8.
* Ludwick singles, Cozart to 2nd.
* Bruce singles, Cozart scores.
* Rolen K.
Stats and percentages of this/that aside, do they score at least 2 runs in your opinion that inning if BP stops at 2nd (love to see some answers to this question)? Do the Giants get more than 1 hit and 1 run in 9 innings? We all know where this goes. 2-1 final and waiting for Cards-Nats to finish. I am not a fortune teller, but I feel it as fair to present this side as it is to say X% if this/that. And I guess this is why it still bothers me. I'd be bothered by a physical error too, but the mental error is hard to remove from my brain. Yes, it was a mental error (call it aggressive, it was, but it was a mental error and BP's reaction seemed to show he knew it). Rolen's E5 was a physical error and might not have happened if the mental error was not made.
Cardinal rule (not all caps!). 2nd base and no outs. Especially with the heart of the lineup coming up. The heart of the lineup delivered. The team lost a run... one that turned out to be HUGE (caps intended).
Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.