Noggy wrote:There are many complaints I could make about Torre, but the 2003 World Series is something I never have and never will complain about. Dash doesn't even have his facts straight. Weaver wasn't brought in to close out the game, the game was tied in extra innings. Rivera pitched two innings the night before. If the Yankees had a lead, Rivera would have been in the game. But in a tie game on the road, Rivera would have to pitched at least two innings again to potentially close out the game. I think the only way you do that is if the Yankees were on the verge of being eliminated, but they were leading the series at the time.
You are correct on the extra innings part. Sorry
Torre still tries to justify pitching Weaver in extra innings in the 2003 World Series. From his book:
"I had no options," Torre said. "People say bring in Mariano. I had no options. It was an extra-inning game on the road. There was never any consideration of other options. I never was between anybody, I know that...."
Yeah, it's a tough choice. Who do you pitch in a World Series game - the greatest closer of all time, or Jeff Weaver? It was the World Series, I really don't care Mariano worked two innings the day before. Even if that sidelines Mariano for the next two days you go up 3-1 on the series, you'd have a pretty good chance to take one out of the next three.
Torre also said this about Weaver:
"People were basing their criticism of him in Game 4 on what happened before, when he was bad. But we finally got him to the point where he was controlling his emotions better. But the result reverted to what he was before, so people say, "It's the same old guy
I understand, Mo had worked 2 innings the night before but this is just nonsense. Torre hadn't had Weaver pitch in 28 days
. He thought so little of his abilities that he never used Weaver in the entire postseason
until Game 4 of the World Series.
This is just something I wil never forgive Joe for.