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Actually, if anything, I'd say that if Baez was higher up the food chain he'd have given Castro a few words about watching that hit. If he is a successful player, I think he'll be the kind that will give players shit for that kind of move. He can't now, obviously. I base that a lot on some of what AZ Phil said about Baez when he saw him play, and also his demeanor on the field.
Daytona won last night and appear to have fought off a strong challenge from the Tampa Yankees, who had won six in a row before blowing a 9th-inning lead last night and falling 9-7 in 11. The Cubs now lead Tampa by three games with three to play in their bid for the playoffs.
The Yankees actually have four games left. I guess that's life in the rainy FSL.
In any event, the Tampa website says they have to win all four games to advance to the playoffs. Three are in Daytona.
Not trying to be unfair to Baez, in real time I thought that Hamilton made it look like he had a chance to catch it which in turn made Baez stay close to second base in case of tag up. Watching the replay just now my interpretation looks iffy. When I watched it live it looked like when Hamilton faced the infield it have the impression he had a chance when he ultimately did not.
I also think Hamilton faked out Baez pretty good. Those two characters . . .
Wait a minute. Baez had to tag from second if the ball was caught. Did Castro have to stay close to home for some reason? And Castro was the tying run.
You'll have to cite an instance of Baez not having his head in the game before you sic Bobby Valentine on him. Swinging at bad pitches doesn't count. There's a lot of guesswork in hitting, but not so much in knowing whether to hustle.
“The best thing we can do is set it aside (the outside noise). As much as we care about our fans and how they feel and what they think, we really need to set (their noise) aside when it comes to our decision-making process and create a vacuum. We just assume the fans will be happy if we’re playing baseball in October just about every October … So we focus all our energies into trying to make that happen.”
Agreed. Castro may have cost us the game, not that it mattered. His look was so weird long frozen when he hit it that I thought it was foul. I also think Hamilton faked out Baez pretty good. Those two characters (Castro, Baez) might drive us nuts when the games matter.