"Davey said (last week) that he didn't want to walk the bases full and risk walking in the winning run. What he didn't say is that a .167 pitcher vs a rookie hitter ought to be an overmatch."True enough, but that removes all context from the game. Here are some other facts :
- Drew had just gone walk, walk, single (albeit to a lefty).
- He had just blown the lead for his team in the top of the 9th of the deciding game.
- He was up to 22 pitches, had appeared in the previous two games, and had thrown 26 pitches the day before.
- Kozma had seen Storen in both previous games. He had lined out and walked.
- By walking Kozma you would either force the Cardinals closer, Jason Motte, out of the game, or force him to hit.
- If Motte was removed for a PH, as expected, arguably their top 4 relievers would be out of the game. The Cardinals also had also already used Boggs, Mujica, and Rosenthal.
EVERYTHING ELSE says "no, don't do that".
*So he says basically the Angels were down 5-0, Dusty gives Ortiz the game ball, Eckstein goes crazy and whips the Angels into a frenzy. They comeback win game and series. Except I can find ZERO stories on line that tell that story. You know the media loves Eckstein with an undying passion. If that had happened it'd be noted somewhere right? Instead I get Tim Salmon saying the game ball thing didn't matter. Plus when Ortiz was pulled there were two men on and Spezio, the next guy up, hit a homer so what did Eckstein do? Run out to the plate and start screaming in Spezio's face? Eckstein gets enough love for not growing tall and running around a lot. Let's not give him credit where it's completely not due, ok?