“With Frankie getting the 300, it makes it easier for me — now we just pitch the guys who I think are pitching the best” – RRR
Let’s break it down:
- Ron is admitting that he would have/did stick with K-Rod for non-performance based reasons.
- Ron is admitting that he cares about a stupid statistic and will manage accordingly.
- Ron is admitting that he cares about a big round number in front of that stupid statistic and will manage accordingly.
- Ron is admitting THAT HE KNOWS BETTER, and now that big round milestone number has been achieved he can play his best players in the proper situation again.
- You may be doing this, but DON’T SAY IT. He was pitching well, that’s enough. It can be a happy accident that he got to 300.
Twitter defenses and why they are wrong:
- But they’re losing anyway! Well la-di freaking da. Let’s have everyone swing as hard as they can every AB then, try and set all HR records. NO SINGLES ALLOWED.
- But Ken Macha did the same thing with Trevor Hoffman! That team finished 77-85, and Hoffman was a big contributor to that. It was dumb then, it’s dumb now.
- But K-Rod WAS the best guy for the job! Maybe he was, but his stated process was idiotic.
Dealer: Player showing 19…
RRR: Hit me.
Dealer: Are you sure? Dealer shows a 5 and…
RRR: You heard me. I’ve successfully hit 34 times in a row.
Dealer: Very well sir.
RRR: Damn right.
Dealer: A two, player has 21.
RRR: See, 35 times! Now I can go back to hitting at the appropriate moments!