The Baseball Desert

Monday, May 28, 2007


  • Coco's catch? Game-saving.
  • Youk's steal of second to get into a position to score the tying run on J.D. Drew's single to right? Heads-up.
  • Mike Lowell's RBI single? Clutch.
  • Pedroia's seven straight two-strike foul balls against Gagné? Gutsy.
  • Pedroia's home run after the seven foul balls? Cora-esque. Game-winning.
  • Tavarez rolling the ball to Youkilis for an out in the fourth? Best play I've seen all season.
Note to If you'd been paying attention this season, you'd know that this:

But the Rangers (18-32) seemed to understand they were being shown up, and they responded angrily with a four-run sixth that knocked Tavarez out of the game.

is bullshit. The Rangers weren't being "shown up" by Tavarez - this was, to coin a phrase, just Julian being Julian. I can understand them being a little taken aback by the play, but it was just a spur-of-the-moment thing.

In the interests of a fair trial, I would also like to point out the following:
  • The Rangers are currently 18-32, with the 29th-best record in the major leagues;
  • They allowed Kevin Youkilis (he of the six career stolen bases) to steal second, unchallenged, and get into a position to tie the game;
  • Their right-fielder threw to the wrong guy on J.D. Drew's single, allowing him to get into a position to score the go-ahead run.
I don't think they need Julian Tavarez in order to be shown up.

The defense rests its case, your honour.

Obsessive Anal-Retentive Game Counter: 43