And now Yankees fans can see the incompetence of Terry Francona, highlighted by his glaring inability to remove pitchers at the right moment, his inability to risk manage with any kind of panache. He’s terrible. Absolutely no reason, with a rested bullpen, to bring Pedro out in the 8th, none at all. Grady redux. He’s the worst kind of manager, a saboteur hidden behind a winning record.

(EDIT: Wow. I posted this after Matsui’s home run, and just assumed that Francona would come rescue Pedro, let him walk with the tie still in hand. But he’s in full Grady channel mode, and it’s pathetic.)

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  • I couldn’t agree more. And I absolutely despise Francona’s pathetically weak “arguments” with umpires. I’m not asking the guy to be Earl Weaver or Lou, but Jesus, Terry, show us a little fire here!
    Can you envision ANY scenario where he’s not managing the club next year? Sadly, I can’t.

    MJL (SF) September 24, 2004, 11:19 pm
  • Completely missed this game, so can’t comment about Francona’s decision making, though in replay it did look like Sierra’s game winner in the 8th came on a good pitch from Pedro that Sierra just managed to get into play.

    YF September 24, 2004, 11:29 pm
  • When Torre lifted Mussina I understood the move and did not question it even after Gordon gave up the homer to Damon – Gordon simply did not execute but Torre’s decision was correct. Mussina was very good tonight, but not dominant, and Torre was taking a gamble to win the important game one of the series. It was the right move to take Mussina out.
    Not to jump on the Francona-hating bandwago, but I must admit I did think it was weird that with a one-run lead, only six outs to go, and with Embree, Timlin, and Foulke ready to pitch those six outs he did not make a move – especially after the Matsui homerun.
    I am not familiar with all of Francona’s decisions during the season but it seemed his demise tonight was thinking about only the game at hand, not the series. Torre was thinking about the series and took a gamble to win game one. He treated this game as a playoff game. If Francona countered with the same mentality I think the outcome could have been different. Torre realizes that a game one win usually relaxes players which contributes to better performances.

    JCL (YF) September 24, 2004, 11:39 pm
  • To YF’s point, Sierra was humiliated by Pedro his first two at-bats – striking out twice. Sierra’s hit was incredible but I think he many looks at Pedro during the game helped him hit that pitch. The big decision was against Matsui. Why not bring Embree in? Matsui had a good hit against Pedro during the game.

    JCL (YF) September 24, 2004, 11:43 pm
  • I have to add that Matsui is having a great season.

    JCL (YF) September 24, 2004, 11:44 pm
  • To your second post, JCL – that’s exactly it. Francona is incapable of “countering with the same mentality”. Having watched enough of the Sox this season it’s clear that he simply cannot do what you say, and it’s going to end up killing the Sox when it most matters. The only way it doesn’t is if the players rescue him, a la Brenly in 2001. He will not put them in the best position to win, which is his job. That doesn’t mean they WON’T win, just that it will be harder to do so.

    SF September 25, 2004, 2:43 am
  • “I can’t find a way to beat the Yankees,” Martinez said last night. But he didn’t end there.
    “I just tip my hat,” he said, “and call the Yankees my daddies.” But he didn’t end there, either.
    “I wish,” Martinez finally admitted, “that they would just [bleeping] disappear.”

    nemecizer September 25, 2004, 7:59 am
  • “If I run out there after two pitches … it would make it look like I wasn’t making a very good decision before the inning,” Francona said. “We put a lot of thought into what we’re doing. I was disappointed it was a tie game instead of having a one-run lead, but two pitches into the inning he’s still, in my opinion, he’s OK.”
    Huh? Um, great rationale there, Terry. Save face on the first mistake by making another bigger mistake in leaving Petey out there (having thrown 110+ pitches) until the lead belongs to the Yanks. That justifies sending him out there for the 8th, all right. ??? And amazingly, the net result is also that the Yanks seem to have gotten into Martinez’s head a little bit. (The Yanks are his ‘daddy’? I don’t even want to speculate what he means by that.) I have to admit, even as a YF, it was painful witnessing this unfold last night. I mean, is there anyone out there who *wasn’t* thinking Grady Revisited as it happened?
    The Brenly comparison that SF put out there may prove to be a appropriate one, although, despite all the above criticism, I think Brenly in 2001 was much worse a manager than Francona is now. Even though he’s got him, Francona ain’t gonna put Mr. BK out there with any game on the line, for instance.

    Spidey September 25, 2004, 12:19 pm
  • You mean like he did with BK on Thursday night, down two?

    SF September 25, 2004, 12:25 pm

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