Watching the sTRangers lay down and die against Roy Halliday on Saturday, I came to the conclusion that Frank Catalanotto has to go.
Late in the game, David Murhpy hit a chopper down the first base line that Lyle Overbay (Toronto 1B) clearly missed the tag; however, none of the officials had a clear enough view to say the tag was missied. Umpires are trained to call 27 outs then they can go home for the night. This was an opportunity they didn't overlook.
But, the next batter up, Frank Catalanotto (who couldn't hit the ground if he fell off the backstop anymore) bunted toward first. The pitcher ran into the baseline to grab the ball and tagged Frank (who dodged around him) out.
- Halliday is dominating the sTRangers' hitters.
- The sTRangers NEED to get Roy out of the game.
- He's standing right there, bending over to pick up the ball!
There are a lot of really great players (HoFers such as Curt Flood, Micky Mantle, Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, Jimmy Fox, even nice guys like Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and pitchers like Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax and Whitey Ford - you know... guys that wanted desperately to WIN THE DAMN BALLGAME) who would have, at the very least, made Roy prove he could hold onto the ball and get a clean tag, earning the Out.
But, these aren't the Yankees, Tigers or Cardinals -- they're the sTRangers. And, they're just too damn nice and winning probably won't make their paycheck any better. They'll just do their "job" and hit the links when they're done. Hey! Wouldn't want the uni guy to have to wash anything, would we?