Good stuff here Buff. That about sums it up.
4) Have I mentioned the relationship between “Smallball” and “my ass?”
Lord Joedemort (He Who Should Not Be Named Closer) gamely scuffled through his second save, putting the tying run on base in the form of Casey Kotchman, whose single drove in indifferent baserunner Garrett Anderson to close the game to 7-6. Kotchman was replaced by the form of an ice fungus, dressed in Eric Aybar’s uniform, and on a 2-1 count (Joedemort’s strike-to-ball ratio was a brisk 11:9 at that point) tried to steal second base.
Kelly Shoppach made this appear to be one of the worst decisions since … THE LAST TIME AYBAR DID IT, GETTING THROWN OUT FOR THE LAST OUT OF THE ANGELS’ LOSS TO OAKLAND.
There is something to be said for getting yourself in scoring position when you represent the tying run, but there is also something to be said for letting Howie Kendrick, who was FOUR-FOR-FOUR to that point on the evening, swing the @#$*ing bat against Lord Joe, who sports a 9.00 ERA and has earned (so to speak) every ounce of that 9.00. Let’s recap:
Borowski: very bad
Kendrick: very good
Kendrick’s last AB: double off Oldberto Hernandez
Aybar’s last steal attempt with 2 outs in 9th: very bad
Shoppach’s arm: very good
Aybar’s decision: unfathomably, inexplicably, inconceivably, jaw-droppingly bad
I think that about covers it.