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October 20, 2004


HOW JOE TORRE LOST THIS SERIES
by sj

Saturday, October 16, 2004

With the Yankees leading by only 11 runs, Joe Torre calls Tom Gordon out of the pen to pitch the ninth. He throws 17 pitches.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

In a much closer game, Tom Gordon is summoned to throw 26 pitches over 2 innings.


Monday, October 18, 2004

Having thrown in back to back games, Gordon is asked to a third and has nothing. He threw a bunch of fat pitches Manny Ramirez, and Manny, feeling sorry for lil’ Tom, decided to ground into a DP. Ortiz then hit a homer. IT IS AT THIS POINT THAT TORRE SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT IN RIVERA. Gordon gives up another walk and single and Rivera is brought into a near impossible situation. Varitek hits a fly ball, runs scores, and Rivera gets an undeserved Blown Save.

Doesn’t matter what happened after that. Doesn’t matter that he pulled Brown with the bases loaded, doesn’t matter that he let Sierra play too much. Torre has been terrible this series. Clearly he trusts no one. He wouldn’t use Karsay, he wouldn’t Giambi. He wouldn’t use Halsey, or Padilla, or anyone. He just trotted Gordon and Rivera out for inning after inning.


Joe Torre didn’t lose this series, but for the first time in a long time, he did not put his team in the best possible position to win.

Oh, and enjoy this year Sox fans. Next year George is taking NO PRISONERS.