For all those who immediately started screaming and wailing last night when Castro went in for Walker, here's an excerpt from today's Enquirer....
With Todd Walker due up, Reds manager Bob Boone sent up pinch-hitter Juan Castro. The fact that Castro is hitting .183 and Walker .285 was negated because Walker has struggled bunting, although he does have five sacrifices to Castro's one.
“We decided last week if we ever got that situation again, we were sending Castro up there,” Boone said, referring to Walker's failure to get a bunt down against Houston's Roy Oswalt on Aug.17.
Walker might get another try someday because Castro popped up a bunt on the first pitch from Steve Kline.
“He threw me a slider,” Castro said. “But no excuses. You got to get a bunt down there.”
Second guessing is fine, but there are ALWAYS reasons behind a managers moves that may or may not be apparent. I could hear a collective wail from the Boone bashers from all corners of the globe last night when he sent Castro up there.
What a perfect opportunity to lambast him before, during, and after that sad bunt attempt.
Of course it's his fault that Castro couldn't get the job done. Of course he's an idiot who pulls his lineups out of a hat. Of course all you guys would be a better manager than he is.
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