Friday, October 21, 2011
I haven't been able to watch as much of the World Series as I would like, but I am thankful for MLB Network. They do a great job of breaking down the game, showing highlights/low lights and the best part, Mitch Williams rips players and managers to shreds.
That being said, I just want to address the elephant in the room. Albert Pujols refused to speak with the media after game 2 and I need to call him out on the carpet. Albert is the star of the team, he's the guy asking for $300 million at the ripe age of 31 and he's the face of the Cardinals franchise. It's his responsibility to be the man when he goes 4-4 and hits the game winning, walk off dinger. It's also his responsibility to take the heat when things go South. For example, the cut fastball that Jon Jay tossed into the infield last night in the bottom of the 9th was an absolute disaster on every possible level. Jay threw a cutter to nobody in particular. Pujols didn't get over to cut the ball off in enough time and that allowed what would be the winning run get into scoring position. Great heads up play by Elvis Andrews, but let's be honest. It's the first baseman's job to make sure that doesn't happen and the runner stays at 1B so you can keep the double play ball in order, especially considering that your genius manager ripped his closer, who is the guy you want on the bump when you need a few strikeouts, in favor of a guy who turns 42 years old in a few weeks. If you are willing to ask a team for $300 million when you know you don't deserve it, the least you could do is stick your neck on the line and take one for the team when they need you to.
Mitch Williams was asked if the official scorer would address the ball thrown by Jay and charge an error to Pujols or Jay and his response was on the money. "I think the only error made in the 9th inning was by Tony Larussa who put Art Rhodes in the game when Motte is a strikeout guy who throws a hundred miles an hour and is a really tough AB." Let me ask this question. When Boston was on the brink of an utter collapse in the final game of the 2011 season and Johnhy Papeldouche was torching Camden Yards with unleaded gasoline, did Tito yank him out of the game? A step further, would Girardi ever take Mariano out of the game in that situation? The answers are no and no way in hell!! Larussa is a genius and I have been tooting his horn since they started to climb back into the fight for the wildcard late in the 2011 season, but he screwed the pooch last night. Instead of taking a 2-0 lead to Texas, the Cardinals head to Arlington tied at 1 game and they have Kyle Lohse heading to the mound tomorrow.