mweir145 wrote:Manny did lift the bat onto his shoulder. In fact, he nearly swung at the Rivera's perfect pitch.
I'm a die hard Yankee fan, and in no way a Manny fan. But I have to say, I'm with mweir on this one. I remember watching it live, and thinking Manny was just fooled. Looking at the last pitch on gameday video and it does look like he was going to swing at the third pitch and then held up.
But it is also interesting to to look at gameday for the pitch selection that inning. It was a six pitch inning for Mo:
Casey: 93MPH fastball, base hit
Crisp: 93MPH fastball bunt
Varitek, 93MPH fastball, soft ground out
Manny: 3 straight changeups. 75MPH, 75MPH, 83MPH
When is the last time you saw Mo throw three straight changeups? I think he was fooled