And yet even if they did, that 'castoff' would've then gotten the big hit. That's just how it rolled for the Giants this year...the Baseball Gods had for-ordained them to win, a washed up bum like Renteria hitting that homer was pure proof! 3 homers all year then 2 in the WS? Yeah.
Why let Lee pitch to Renteria instead of putting him on and pitching instead to an on-deck castoff hitting a measly .230?Maybe, maybe not. If I'm Ron Washington, and I see Edgar Renteria hitting .400+ in the Series to that point in the batter's box with first base open, while I see Aaron Rowand hitting .250 in the Series to that point and a lifetime .235 batting average in postseason play, I think I have a better chance of my pitcher throwing a double play ball to that .250/.235 hitter than throwing one to a guy, broken down though he was on the season, wielding the hot Series bat.
And yet even if they did, that 'castoff' would've then gotten the big hit. That's just how it rolled for the Giants this year...
If you're going to go down at least go down managing smartly. The way you usually managed to get your team to the Series in the first place.
3 homers all year then 2 in the WS? Yeah.Why not? Al Weis hit two all year in 1969 and then the one that mattered to the Miracle Mets in the World Series . . . ;)
That's baseball, too.
Or, as a one-time St. Louis Cardinal (Joaquin Andujar, pitcher/human time bomb) phrase it: In baseball there's just one word---you never know.