Friday, June 16, 2006

Situational Hitting.........NOT

Before I start the rant, let me say I'm a big Varitek fan, not as big a fan as AA wife perhaps, but still a fan.

The situation is this:

Top of the eigth, 2 out, bases loaded, pinch hitter called to the plate, the pitcher is getting tired and having problems with location. So I'm thinking the hitter should take a F***in' pitch, see what the pitcher's got for stuff and make him throw you a strike or two. But no, first pitch swinging at a ball up near the eyeballs!

This has been a chronic problem for Boston hitters for years now, here again, I love Nomar, he's still my favorite player, but the guy had/has no concept of situational hitting. I can't count the number of times I've seen a guy walk on four pitches only to have the next guy hack at the first pitch. In the eigth last night the only guy who had a quality at bat was Trot, as much that it pains me to encourage the southern cousin. He took a pitch, then got one he could lift out of the infield and drove in the run in with a sac fly.

This is a recurring theme with this team that goes back a few years. I've lost count at how many times they load the bases, nobody out and can't push across a run. Leaving me screaming at the TV "Get the f***in' thing out of the infield!!!!"

I think it's time for a talk with the squad about situational hitting, anyone have Francona's cell number?


Zebster said...

Oh, I'm with you there, Cuz. There's nothing that drives me crazier than that. If the inability to get a runner in from third isn't the worst, it's the guy who just has to pull an outside pitch into a groundball to short with a runner on 2nd and no outs.
Give me a Sammy, you've set me off! LOL

Karen said...

From a completely "stupid blonde, set women back 200 years" comment, when you look like Varitek, nothing you do it wrong

TrotRocks said...

Trot Rocks. I think in general real baseball tactics get punted, but they still end up in the playoffs.