When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was called You Are the Manager, by Nate Aaseng, in which ten of the most important managerial decisions in baseball history are presented to the reader, and then, after sufficient rumination, the reader decides what he would’ve done. After you decide, you jump to the back of the book, where the author presents the decision the actual manager made in the situation in real life – for good or bad.
It didn’t occur to me until just now that I was ripping off this premise when I wrote the “You Be the Manager” post the other day.
Well then, on to the ripoff!
Where Were We?
If you’ll recall, when we left off, Tony Gwynn was at bat in the bottom of the 4th inning. The Cardinals were leading 2-1, though the Pads had just scored and presently had runners on 1st and 3rd. Upon consideration of the general awesomeness of Tony Gwynn, it occured to me that I had mis-scored a hit way back in the top of the 1st that had scored the 2nd Cardinal run. It should’ve been called an out and the score should be 1-1 at this point. What to do?
Over at stratfanforum the unanimous call was to just play on. Here on this blog, two commenters remarked that I should just play on.
What did I do?
Since the original mistake had been a bad reading of the right fielder’s range (I used the 2 column instead of the 1), I decided the most likely cause of this would be a mis-played fly ball due to the sun – this game is taking place in San Diego, you know. So to equitably resolve the situation, I decided that on the next flyball X hit against St Louis I would reduce their outfielder’s rating by 1. That, I thought, was the most fair thing I could do at this point. Just say the sun was tough that day.
Tony Gwynn, godblesshim, immediately proceeded to hit an x-chart fly ball to left field! Vince Coleman, normally a 2, loses the ball in the sun and becomes a 3. He couldn’t have got to the ball anyway, the d2o roll was a single on either column – however, on column 3 it’s a single**, instead of a single* on column 2. One run scores and the runner on first, Jerry Royster, takes the extra base and I’m satisfied that this has been resolved fairly.
The next batter, Steve Garvey, flies out and the inning is over.
We go to the top of the 5th, tie ballgame. For the next 5 innings, Andy Hawkins is lights out. In fact, he mows down 23 batters in a row before a 10th inning double by Jack Clark breaks his streak. In the meantime, John Tudor walks a tight-rope against San Diego. The friars manage 14 hits in 10 innings against Tudor – all of them singles! Despite myriad oppotunity, they can’t push that run across.
Finally, in the bottom of the 12th, it’s Terry Kennedy’s single (the Padres 17th single of the game with 0 extra base hits) that drives home Graig Nettles and earns the Padres the win.
If the sun hadn’t been in the way in the 1st inning, the Padres would have won 2-1 in the regular 9 innings. Instead, it took Andy Hawkins throwing the game of his life and an unprecedented 17 base knocks for the Padres to put away the Cardinals in 12. What a game!
Below are my hand-written scorecards. Click on them to embiggen.