I write this at 11:30pm on Monday, October 6th after Jed Lowrie singled in Jason Bay to push the Red Sox past the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels, and I have only one thing to say:
ANGELS MANAGER MIKE SCIOSCIA IS AN IDIOT.
If there are any Angels fans out there, believe me, Mike Scioscia just cost your team game five at home.
With pinch-runner Reggie Willits at third (bunted over for some absurd reason, giving up out number one), Scioscia opted for the suicide squeeze with a drawn-in infield and a fly-ball away from a lead. Of course, the gamble failed with Willits caught in no man's land as Aybar whiffed on the bunt attempt.
Scioscia, the "genius" small-ball manager once again proved that small ball is another word for a team that gives outs away and runs themselves out of runs (think of all that horrible "aggressive baserunning" that cost the Angels so many runs just in these four games (Vlad Guerrero gunned at third base by Youkilis anyone?).
Scioscia ran out to argue the play, obviously confused about the sport he was managing, because it appeared his argument entailed Jason Varitek not controlling the ball while getting two feet down in bounds while applying the tag.
But wait, that's not all!
With his 62 save superstar K-Rod on the bullpen bench rubbing ben-gay all over his arm, Scioscia decided to go out with his supposed best pitcher sitting down and hoping he remembers not to scratch his crotch. Leaving in Scott Shields, Jason Bay doubled down the right-field line (just a bounce to stay on the field away from a walk-off inside-the-park homer) and Jed Lowrie singled him home. K-Rod? Nowhere to be seen.
Nice work once again, Scioscia! Thanks for the freebie, everyone in Boston appreciates it, you big, fat idiot! Go buy a copy of Baseball Prospectus, you moron (or better yet, don't. It just helps the Red Sox more and more when you play smallball and go with these Jimy Williams "hunches").
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