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Posted on 2006.04.04 at 11:49
where am I: Somewhere in Time
How I feel about it all: coldcold
Soundtrack: Traffic outside
From redsox, an exerpt from The Mind of Bill James, about Grady Little and the decision that, right or wrong, cost him his job:

"Near the end of the seventh inning of Game Seven, with Boston in control, my mind drifted back to the eighth inning of Game Seven the year before. Aaron Boone should never have had the chance to end Boston’s season in extra innings. Pedro Martinez was 115 pitches into the red, jammed up after back-to-back hits to Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams. The Sox had relief help available, but manager Grady Little left Pedro on the hill.

A week later I heard a story that said it all.

A devout Red Sox fan got stuck in London on business at the time Game Seven was to be played. He went from pub to pub, looking for one with the necessary satellite equipment and that was going to be open all night. He didn’t find any that were good on both counts, but he found one with a satellite and an owner who agreed to stay open for a price. The fan settled in to watch the game.

It was near daybreak in London as Pedro gave up hit after hit and the lead slipped away, the Sox fan raging and writhing in agony while a half-dozen Brits drank away the night. Finally one of the inebriated Londoners looked over at him in concern, looked back at the television, and asked, 'Excuse me, sir, but would the rules permit those fellows to employ a substitute for the bowler? He seems to be laboring a bit.'

Grady Little had failed to comprehend what was apparent to a drunk, half-asleep Englishman who had never seen a baseball game before. Pedro was toast."


Yeah, I know, a lot of you don't get it. Get used to it, it's baseball season.


The dreamer is still asleep
inspiredlife at 2006-04-04 16:10 (UTC) ()
It's baseball season!!! And, they looked good yesterday! Also much with the love for Schilling.

Lastly, that's a fantastic bit. Bill James always brings a good perspective. I suspect that almost everyone understood what Little couldn't (or wouldn't).
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-04-04 17:07 (UTC) ()
I couldn't see or hear the game yesterday. Gameday audio was down and I have no radio and my TV isn't hooked up to the splitter/cable thing and I don't know where the splitter is, or how to hook it up. Alas.
The dreamer is still asleep
inspiredlife at 2006-04-04 18:51 (UTC) ()
and alack. Actually I was only able to watch a little bit of the game and then the rest was on radio. I'm actually considering calling in sick next Tuesday. ;)

Good luck with the cable splitter thinger
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-04-04 22:11 (UTC) ()
I may have to wait until mr_t00by gets home (next Friday!). But hopefuly Gameday Audio will be back online and I can watch some of the evening games at work. Like tonight!
linguisticator at 2006-04-04 18:05 (UTC) ()
I remember that. I also remember going to the redsox.com fansite to read the webboards and all the FIRE GRADY rants. And laughing! Oh, and that Korean pitcher too--he got crapped on by the fans too.

Up in these parts (Blue Jays land) we are wondering when the time will come when the AL East will NOT finish in the prototypical NY/BOS/TOR/BAL/TB standings.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-04-04 22:14 (UTC) ()
As long as it's BOS in the first slot, I don't rightly care who's next (although even though I wish them the last spot, the Yankees are really good and I like to see them play the Sox.
zeus55 at 2006-04-04 18:54 (UTC) ()

PawSox Anytime?

Hey sis, what would you say to an outing to see the PawSox some time? I would love it, and McCoy is good place to see a game.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-04-04 22:15 (UTC) ()

Re: PawSox Anytime?

I was thinking about checking out Pawsox tickets. I know mr_t00by would love to go, and maybe one or two of your kids as well?
eltonroo at 2006-04-06 03:15 (UTC) ()
Okay I am just catching up on old blogs and this one is a dandy. I am glad you are a baseball fan! Jays win opener with the Doc but unfortunately got pounded today. So much for an undefeated season...
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-04-06 06:53 (UTC) ()
I am SUCH a baseball fan. It's scary.
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