Joe is back with his postgame thoughts…
Man, with the purported pitching excellence of the Rays, one would think seven runs in the first inning would lock up a win.
Nope. In fact, is it too early to suggest the Rays’ pitching is just a tad overrated? David Price is far from a Cy Young Award-winner this year and no, he can’t blame a foul-mouthed umpire for every loss. Then there is Hellboy, one of Joe’s favorites.
Quite simply for one of the alleged better young arms in the game, it is inexcusable to play around with a seven-run lead as if you are throwing batting practice to Lakewood High School the way Hellboy did tonight.
Speaking of high school, there’s Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar. A high school coach would have him run laps around the field after the game for his pathetic defense. If your shortstop is going to be a liability on defense, he had better hit close to .400. Last time Joe checked, Tony Gwynn, Stan Musial nor Willie Mays, Escobar ain’t.
And Joe is convinced the World Baseball Classic has Fernando Rodney all screwed up. Merlot Joe tried to coax five outs out of him to close the game and it was one out short.
Now what kind of a carnival act is Merlot Joe going to bring into the clubhouse? A ventriloquist? A mime? After tonight’s pathetic choke job, perhaps sacrificing that cockatiel that sat on Merlot Joe’s shoulder may be in order.