More Small Ball Silliness

September 13, 2009 – 5:54 pm

Once again Derek Jeter was the cause of exploding heads all over Yankee fandom as he attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning.  I never cease to be amazed at these folks, and how they think they know more about the game than Derek Jeter.  Do they not realize just how foolish they sound?  But Jeter of course was right, as this was a perfect situation for “small ball”.  New York had just tied the score at 3-3, and had runners on first and second with no outs.  With CC on the mound with easily three more innings in him and a rested Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera in the bullpen, a one or two run lead looks pretty damn good at that point.  The objective, after all, is to just win the game, not score a zillion runs.  If Jeter can get the sac bunt down there, and Damon/Tex/A-Rod can plate one or two of the runners that are in scoring position, you are well on your way to a win.  So it’s the exact correct play to make there.  Period.  Alas, Derek couldn’t get the bunt down and so he had to go with the “don’t give outs away” tactic — which sure enough gave the Yankees zero runs.  Further proof that what Jeter tried to do was the right thing to begin with.

How this strategy flys over the head of so many fans just boggles the mind.

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