Monday, June 18, 2007

120 Pitches

"He'd thrown enough pitches," Torre said. "There was no need to make him throw 120.”

Having been at the stadium last night to witness Wang’s near complete game, I can tell you that Torre’s decision, for lack of a better word, sucked. A complete game is not easy to come by these days and all of us in the stands knew, as the game wore on and Wang never faltered, that we were in the presence of greatness. And we were about to experience, in person, a modern day baseball rarity.

Two outs with a six run lead in the bottom of the ninth, and Torre decides to pull Wang and let Myers pitch to Delgado. Minutes later, the Yankees had the win, but the feeling in the crowd was not as celebratory as it should have been. We all stood there, looking at each other with confused looks on our faces. We were angry, perplexed, annoyed. We needed a good explanation and we never got it.

If Torre felt there was no need to “make” Wang throw 120 pitches, then maybe they should have left it to Wang. He'd earned the right to make that decision. There was no injury and no logical reason to pull him. To rob him, and us for that matter, of a complete game was ludicrous. And as the curtain closed and the crowds started to leave, I couldn’t help but feel cheated.

2 comments:

Rat In A Cage said...

I felt like the crowd in the original Bad News Bears movie when they play in the old Astrodome & everyone in the stands is chanting "let them play!" I was yelling at my TV. He's done this before taking Wang out after 8 when he's thrown as little as low 80s for pitch count & I just go nuts. WAY BACK WHEN I WAS A KID, pitchers often finished games. Today, it is truly a rarity. I was stupefied after the double play. It was an odd moment, since my yelling was not directed at Joe Morgan.

SportsGirl365 said...

That's funny because every time the ESPN sound guy tried to get a sound bite, our entire section chanted "Joe Morgan sucks". He didn't get anything decent all game.