Pick Your Poison
It’s the nature of Boston — the fans, the media and the general passion that engulfs Red Sox Nation — that the talk of the next 24 hours is going to be Terry Francona’s decision to leave Curt Schilling out there for 133 pitches on Tuesday night.
Personally, I thought Schilling should have come out after the sixth because he had already grinded his way through six innings and didn’t have his best stuff. But they won the game, so how can you really argue with the decision, or go too crazy about it?
The real storyline was the best 3-4 hitting punch in baseball winning this game in the late innings.
Imagine being Eric Wedge. Ortiz hits a missile in the seventh to tie it up. He has a chance to put the Sox in the lead an inning later, but Wedge decides that with first base open, it’s the perfect time to walk him. the only problem is that Manny is coming up. Man, it takes guts to walk anyone — even Ortiz — with Manny coming up.
So Manny hits a three-run blast off Mota to snap the tie, and basically win the game. How many other managers will be bold enough to put David on to face Manny? Manny had his little cold spell. Now he’s getting hot and will probably stay hot for who knows how long. Ortiz already has nine homers, and now he’s going to be getting fatter pitches to hit because Manny is going to start looming in the minds of the opposition.