Lofunzo: i know it wasn't addressed to me but thanks for the congrats and the good luck wishes. Classy post, and much appreciated. Now on to your disscussion.....
let me preface this by saying i may be the ONLY redsox fan in the world willing to admit i agreed with Grady's decision to keep pedro in last year,perhaps not THAT long ,,,,,,, but that is another discussion entirely.......
As for this i have NO explanation for it. Maybe there is an explanation we dont know about....such as lowe hurt or that was the script or whatever. Even then, up 8-1 you change the script a bit!!!!
To me it was one of THE WORST coaching moves i have ever seen it just didnt end up killing us.
A)Lowe was cruising, at least make him give up a hit first or show SOME sign of tiring.
B)if you ARE going to go to another pitcher why on earth pedro unless it is do or die.....4-2 lead i can see it.....8-4 and needing to stop a rally???? i can see it........but 8-1 and needing a solid starter Saturday? baaaaad move.
C)You imMEDIATELY get the crowd back into it by bringing him in. If you bring in someone else, they get a few hits, crowd is back into it and THEN you bring in Pedro okay....but why get them back into it without making them earn a reason to first?
To me, this move was INFINITELY worse than Grady little's. OBVIOUSLY the outcome was different and therefore there will be no outcry on it but man i still dont get it. This was the kind of move that Yankee miracles and REdsox collapses have been made of in the past. The ONLY difference is we had a biggggg cushion so we got away with it. HORRRRRRIBLE move
okay im climbing off my soapbox
Just my 2 cents worth ,,,,i know i know, i owe you change,,,,
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