This is a much bigger deal than normal because Raul Ibanez was asked to pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez who is 1 for 12 with 7 strikeouts in the ALDS.
Joe Giradi went with his gut and not with his binder. The difference between good and great is pulling the trigger on tough decisions. I tip my hat to Joe for sitting a struggling superstar for his best option on his bench. Not an easy call, he was playing with fire and did not get burned this time.
Also, if this doesn't give you chills then well I don't think you truly bleed Pinstripes!
Today is another day of 4 playoff games. Wait...let me rethink that, today is offering 4 ELIMINATION games.
Giants vs. Reds in Game 5 at 1:07pm EST
---> My Prediction: Reds squeak by and Dusty Baker is back in the NLCS, again.
Cardinals vs. Nationals in Game 4 (STL 2-1) 4:07pm EST
---> My Prediction: Nationals tie up the series and the city of Washington will be ROCKING.
Yankees vs. Orioles in Game 4 (NYY 2-1) 7:37pm EST
---> My Prediction: It depends on which Phil Hughes shows up. Bats need to awake too. Yankees win.
Tigers vs. Athletics in Game 5 9:37pm EST
---> My Prediction: Athletics have the momentum and the Tigers have Verlander. I say the A's make it their first ALCS in a long time.
Only bad thing about the postseason is that sinking feeling that Baseball is almost over for the year.