#24, sorry, never suggested Bourn should swap batting order with Constanza. Point was that maybe Constanza has earned a spot at the top while he is hot. Could Bourn bat second? Or, Bourn first, the “kid” second?
Anne, #26, Braves shirt in SF is OK but don’t do it at Dodger stadium if you travel down south. Think twice about Oakland also; I know from experience but that was a NFL game with this dummy wearing a Broncos shirt. I’m sure the baseball fans have twice the IQ of the Raiders fans so it may be safe.
Great article Steve. I kinda wish I hadn’t read it though. The writer scared the hell out of me when he was talking about Fredi Gonzalez.
“The playoffs scream out for creative managing, starting pitchers brought on in relief, ace pinch-hitters coming up early in a game when a high-leverage situation warrants it, closers used in nontraditional roles. Bruce Bochy’s outmanaging Ron Washington wasn’t the only reason the Giants beat the Rangers in the World Series last fall. But it did help. Braves fans better hope their team’s playoff life doesn’t come down to a managerial battle of wits.”
I know that this was sooooo 10th inning, but did y’all hear Chip or Joe say, when Alex Gonzalez was up, that he’s a hard man to double up? I guess that the other 14 times he’s grounded into a DP this year was sheer defensive luck.