Friday, April 22, 2005

And The Winner Is...

After much careful deliberation and considering the vote of everyone in the thread, I'm going to have to stick with my initial instinct... Yesterday's Lame Duck was Chad Cordero.

The vote in the comments thread was 4-4, but there were two bloggers who saw it the same way I did. They'll break the tie.

Guzman's was a tough play, and a makeable one. But it would have never been an issue of Cordero didn't load the bases in the first place. It's a tough call, but I'll stick with Cordero.

Yes, it's weird that our worst player doesn't have an award yet, but there hasn't been one game that we've lost that's been directly a result of his play. (Yesterday excepted!). He's played decently in some of the losses and crappily in some of the wins. I have no doubt that he'll have his share of awards before too long!

One thing I noticed and posted in Adub's comments, but was a really hidden play...

Once the bases were loaded, Bobby Cox pinch ran for the catcher, Johnny Estrada at first base, bringing in the speedy Pete Orr. At the time it seemed like a silly move. Estrada's run was pretty meaningless -- just an insurance run. But, it paid off.

Orr hustled down the line so quickly, Guzman didn't really have a chance for the forceout at second base. I had initially thought that Jose Vidro didn't get to the bag in time. He did. It's just that Orr was already there. (If you watch the replay, you can see Vinny Castilla pointing for Guzman to throw to second on instincts. He wouldn't have had Orr there, even with a good throw.)

Then you throw in the double switch he used to bring in Andruw Jones in the bottom of the 9th, and Bobby Cox removed Frank's pants, just as Jack McKeon did earlier this week.


  • I give Cordero credit for shouldering the blame in the media though. That was a manly thing to do, unlike the pansy ass Guzman who won't even talk.

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 4/22/2005 12:52 PM  

  • Upon further review, I've come around to your way of thinking -- Derek Jeter wouldn't have even gotten to that ball, so you can't really blame Guzman for getting to it and throwing as best as he could to save the game. With less than two outs, he probably would have held onto it.

    Cordero's the one who loaded the bases, after all.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/22/2005 1:32 PM  

  • I'm ashamed at your lack of spine! Where are your convictions, man? :P

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/22/2005 1:33 PM  

  • (Of course you're not the one who threw it out to popular opinion either! :P )

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/22/2005 1:33 PM  

  • My convictions were lost to internet hackers during the fifth or sixth time I watched the play in the highlight film.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/22/2005 1:35 PM  

  • When are we starting the *FRobby* Death Watch? Can we make new field and front-office management a condition of selling the team?

    By Anonymous Tom DeLay, SchmeLay, at 4/22/2005 1:42 PM  

  • That's reasonable, I guess.

    After I saw the highlight, I guess I learned a valuable lesson: don't castigate a player if you haven't seen his error, even if that player is Cristian Guzman.

    I think he should have eaten the ball, though; maybe give him a mythical "one-third share."

    By Blogger Basil, at 4/22/2005 1:55 PM  

  • We open-threading it tonight?

    In related news, is it almost 7 yet? ;)

    My wife's even a Mets fan. So I've got potential for mocking if we win.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/22/2005 3:46 PM  

  • I'll set one up in a bit so we can try to break blogger.

    Did you know she was a Mets fans before you married her? ;)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/22/2005 3:48 PM  

  • Yes, but I was a Phillies fan at the time...

    I'm working on a "gameday open threads" section for my site, incidentally. I know that comments won't break if we make too many over there, so we may as well just do it at my place. But I don't think it'll be ready before sometime this weekend.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/22/2005 3:58 PM  

  • Sure, you make a good case for Cordero, but it is patently ABSURD that Guzman -- the worst starter on the team -- has yet to "earn" a Lame Duck. I protest, sir.

    By Blogger Trapper John, at 4/22/2005 5:39 PM  

  • We can name X-tina Lame Duck Emeritus ... ok?

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/22/2005 6:41 PM  

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