Yeah, it’s easy to bag on the umpires for a truly rotten call in the ninth, somehow hallucinating that Dirtbag passed up Zorilla on the basepaths, but damn, if Dirtbag’s near-homer off the wall in center was just a few inches longer, we may still be playing.
Neither episode sticks in Joe’s craw than the enabling of Chris Davis, who apparently is the new Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols combined. Like opposing managers used to do to Bonds and Pujols when they were on a tear, they’d have the pitcher throw four wide if a base was open. Better a walk than an extra-base hit.
Somehow, this procedure isn’t found in the spreadsheets which litter the Rays offices.
Speaking of hits, Joe would bury Davis each time he came to the plate for crowding. Of course, like the rest of society, we’re too soft. And Merlot Joe doesn’t want to be disturbed for his requisite postgame glass of wine.