Friday, April 22, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, April 22, 2022 -- "Another Intentional Walk Story"

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"Yesterday in Detroit, the Yankees were trying to win, and that meant going after Miguel Cabrera with strikes in the first, the fourth, and the sixth, and it meant ducking him in the eighth to get a matchup between a tough lefty reliever and a lefty batter who struggles with lefties. To face Cabrera would have been to place spectacle, to place Cabrera himself, ahead of the game. No one is bigger than the game. What Aaron Boone did yesterday wasn’t offensive, wasn’t an insult, wasn’t all that big a deal. He was trying to win a baseball game, which is the only thing we can ask from everyone involved when we buy a ticket."