Outfielder J.D. Drew, who smacked a two-run homer before being named MVP of the All-Star Game, may have been needed as an emergency pitcher if Tuesday's 15-inning marathon had gone on much longer. American League manager Terry Francona conceded that with his pitching resources all-but exhausted, Drew was in his thoughts for a spell on the mound.
“But if they told me to do it, that’s what I would have done,” added Drew, who said he last pitched in a game in high school. “I’d have thrown some stuff up there. But it wouldn’t have been very pretty, that’s for sure.”
DSheppard wrote:I would have enjoyed pitchers pitching. although I'm disappointed it was JD Drew who would have thrown, and not Hamilton who threw 95 in high school
Hamilton had already been pulled at that point. Besides i am sure Francona is a lot more comfortable using one his guys that way in case he blows his arm out (ex: how angry would TB be if Navarro hurt his arm because francona asked him to pitch). That is the same reason that Hurdle was willing to let Cook pitch 3 innings.
"I do not think baseball of today is any better than it was 30 years ago... I still think Radbourne is the greatest of the pitchers." John Sullivan 1914-Old athletes never change.
I don't see how it would've been cataclysmic in any way. Position players do pitch from time to time in regular games... in the NFL you'll occasionally see some D-Back or what not pulled over to punting or kicking duties if their regular guy gets injured.
But weren't the benches depleted, or at least the AL one? So if they had JD Drew pitch, then I guess the pitcher would've played right? That's the more interesting bit to it, I think.
As an aside, I never realized Wade Boggs had pitched an inning.
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.
All the NL had to do was keep Brian Wilson in for one more out and the game was over. Bring in Lidge and shut the door. Thanks to Billy Wagner for blowing another game. And ties are the worst, especially in the All-Star Game. It would have been all over for bud if it would have tied.