I only graded today's game.
The four game series?
No, not grading those.
Two of them had Valentine doing nothing at all. Saturday, he went with a simple formula based on what he should have used today
He gambled and lost and has since apologized for his mistake.
I've never understood why Valentine's name is always mentioned so often and with such awe when a premier managerial job opens up. In all his years on the bench, he has 1 NL pennant on his resume. That's it. 1. And his personality usually gets him on everyone's bad side - players, management, fans, media.
I thought this was a bad mix and a bad hire from day one and my prediction is that he'll be fired before the season ends.
He had his father-in-law on the field to throw out a first pitch.
As they hugged (I'm almost sure I saw it), Branca lips said: I have no idea what my daughter sees in you. Give me my $300 and I'm outta here...
Well if you want to grade him today, but not for the other 3 games, of the series that really doesn't seem all that fair to me. But thats cool. We were 2-10 last year on April 15th, and with everyone on the team presumably healthy and all the players reportedly happy as a clam with their Manager.
So far, after beating a team 3 out of 4 ( and pounding their pitching in most of the series ) that finished ahead of us the last 2 seasons, I'm in a much more optimistic mood than on April 15th of last season. I'm liking this WAY more so far. We'll see what the future holds.
LOL and no surprise.
The only bright side(for me) on the Valentine signing was that I'm in NY and wouldn't have to listen to his divisive drivel on a regular basis. Then that other NY idiot(Michael Kay) gets him as a regular guest on his drive home radio show. Is there no merciful God?
Apparently lost in all of this handwringing over BV and Bard, is the fact we got a measely 4 hits today.
BV went to the pitchers mound today... arguably a batter or 2 too late.
But BV never went near the batters box either. His hitter's bats... that wacked around Rays pitching pretty good the last few games,.... were silent today. Is BV responsible for his team not putting up a single run today ? Just askin', mind you
I can't can't stomach Belichick. He was shown to be a cheater. But I love his Coaching, and perfectly happy to watch the Pats win all these playoff games and Super Bowls. But Belichick is one pain in the behind... but few care, ( including me ) as he wins.
More than anything players... hitters, batters... want some consistency on how the ump calls balls and strikes. Each ump has their style of game they call. Some umps give pitchers some lattitude, while some have a rather " small strike zone " for the game they are working. Hitters over the course of the game begin to adjust as to the strike zone tendencies of te partucular ump working the game that day, or they know the tendencies of the umps strike zone by reputation.
I'm not blaming the home plate ump for this loss, but he was very inconsistent all day, imo. With both teams. He definately had a wider strike zone in the later innings than eartlier in the game , imo. Maybe the heat temps were getting to him, and we wanted to get the game over quickly, who knows... but he squeezed some hitters in this one, especially Ross in his last at bat... with a more than liberal strike zone, and much more liberal strike zone than the ump had in earlier innings, imo.