Ok, I've finally been able to extract my fist from my TV tube after the 8th inning tonight, and I'm a bit confused. Fellow Red Sox fans, help me out.
1) Last year, Grady Little gets skewered for not removing a tiring Martinez in Game 7 while still ahead. Perhaps, if you give him the benefit of the doubt, it was because he didn't feel his bullpen was strong enough, and that Pedro was his best option. :rolleyes:
2) Sooooooo, Theo goes out and gets a bona fide closer in Foulke. He gets a new manager. Problem solved.
3) Last night, Francona rests his weary bullpen stalwarts. Ok, so maybe you don't agree with that, but at least his big guns are rested for tonight. Locked and loaded.
4) It's the 8th inning, and lo and behold, the Red Sox have a lead against the Yankees. Martinez is pitching a decent but not spectacular game, and he is tired. So the 8th starts and Francona brings in Williamson/ Timlin/ Foulke to seal the deal ---- er, what's that you say??????? HE IS LEAVING PEDRO IN???????????? ARRRRGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!
Now I know why the Yankee payroll is so high every year. It has the f****** Red Sox manager on it.