The Reds won on Sunday, in spite of hideous play. When Ross was supposed to bunt in the 9th he was at the VERY BACK of the batters box, which lessens your ability to put a ball in play. In fact, Ross bunted a ball that went foul that would have easily been fair had he been at the front of the box. Chris Welch noticed this, and it begs some questions:
1) Why does the announcer 200 ft. away in the booth see this, and the 3rd Base coach does not?
2) If he did see it, is David Ross too sensitive a superstar that the coach can't go up and tell him to get to the front of the box? Of all the Reds' position players, David Ross is paid for fundamentals. You'd think being under the Mendoza line might make him sharpen his bunting skills.
3) It is clear that David Ross was never, ever told in Spring Training, or any other time, that you CANNOT bunt that way. What is this NONSENSE about a hard working coaching staff? Aren't these things BASICS?
4) Brandon Phillips' failure to get a bunt down in the next inning yielded an inning ending double-play. His was simply poor execution. Phillips needs to work on his bunting. But Ross did not put himself in a position in the batter's box to execute! INEXCUSABLE. When, if ever, will all this talk of "the little things" end and real implementation begin? Forget about egos Pete Mackanin--DO IT.
Reds fans had the privilege, albeit 30 years ago, of watching the best baseball ever played. We won't be fooled by a lucky win. It felt gross watching that game today.