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Angels Commit Suicide

Or maybe it’s a homicide; Angels guilty of killing the hopes of their fans.  100 wins, 100 shmins. All coming down to a suicide squeeze.  For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a seldom used strategy in baseball where you have a runner on third with less than 2 outs.  The batter tries to bunt the ball at the same time while the runner at 3rd is sprinting for home.  Now if contact is made with the ball, oala!!! You have a run scored.  But if the batter misses the bunt, you have the runner at third running right into the catcher who has the ball in his glove, ala suicide… Either that or he’s caught in a pickle like Reggie Willits was last night.  After tying up the game at 2 a piece in the top of the 8th and mowing down the side in the bottom of the inning, the Angels had ALL the momentum going their way.  Angels leadoff batter Kendry Morales starts with a double.  He’s moved over to third with a bunt by Howie Kendrick. One out, runner at third, Eric Aybar up at the bag. Instead of taking a pitch with a 2-0 count, Scoscia calls the suicide, Aybar misses the bunt, Willits is tagged out for out number 2 and Aybar grounds out to finish the inning, the game, the season, and finally our hopes. Varitek dropped the ball, who cares??? It should have never come to that in the first place.  There’s a lot of fingers to point.  The Angels infield for one.  The coaching decisions. The disappearing bats of the big guns. The Red Sox wanted it more, Manny or no Manny. They deserve it. And now, they get to cruise through Tampa Bay and into the World Series.

October 8, 2008 - Posted by | MLB BASEBALL | , , , , , ,

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