Last night, Joe Maddon was faced with a very specific situation for the third time in the Tigers series: Runners on first and second, 2 outs in the 7th inning and Miguel Cabrera due up. And for the 3rd straight game, JoeMa intentionally walked Cabrera. And for the 3rd straight game the Rays got Brennan Boesch to end the threat.
But what if the bases had been loaded in the one-run game? Certainly, JoeMa wouldn’t have walked Cabrera then, right? RIGHT!?!…
“Fortunately, there was one base open,” Maddon said. “If there’s none, then you’d have to go after him. And I was even thinking about it, even if it is 3-2, just walk him and let the score get tied and move on from there.”
Unbelievable. Joe Maddon, manager of the 2010 Tampa Bay Rays, would have considered walking Cabrera with the bases loaded in a one-run game.
We can’t even wrap our minds around that thought. And yet, we absolutely believe him. There is gutsy. And there is bat-sh*t crazy. Sometimes we think JoeMa is both.