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?
Francona Red Sox Boston