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THE GREATEST GAME
By John B Holway
Was the second Sox-Tigers
game the greatest game you've ever seen? For me it tops the previous greatest
- game 1 of the 1946 Sox-Cards series.
(Of course, if you're a New York fan, you go for Bobby Thomson's homer in 1950, Bucky Dent's in '76, or the Bill Buckner game in ' 86.)
Did Torii Hunter mis-read the english on the ball and over-run it? A fly ball has a spin, making it curve toward the foul line. He could have caught it, and that would have been all she wrote, as we used to say 60 years ago. I was watching with the sound off. Did Tim McCarver say anything about it?
The other key move was putting our best reliever, Koji Uehara, in to hold the tie. I've often said that the Yankees wasted Rivera by using him only after they didn't need him, i.e., to save a game that wasn't in danger any more. There are a lot of ways to use your best reliever - like putting out a fire in the 6th inning. Waiting until you're ahead in the 9th and the game isn't in danger any more is the least good way.
Joe Maddon of the Rays was kind of doing the same thing John Farrell did in the Rays final game, using his relievers in a steady stream from the second inning on.
Max Scherzer pitched
a helluva game for
As a Red Sox fan, all I could do was pray: This time we've got to get to the bullpen. They can't do it twice in a row. Can they?
Scherzer's goal should not have been a six-inning high-strikeout no-hitter. It should have been a nine-inning Tiger victory. Before the game Jim Leyland should have laid a fatherly hand on his shoulder and said, "Give me eight good innings, Max." Of course, if the Tigers had run up a big lead early, Jim could have slapped Max on the ass and smiled, Go for it.