Open Thread: Evil BuntsBy
The Yankees came back and won the rubber game of the first leg of the Subway Series this afternoon, pushing eight runs across in the seventh inning. Within that inning, Curtis Granderson bunted a pair of runners into scoring position with no outs, which left a number of us … baffled. Not only has Grandy hit the second most homers in all of baseball (including one earlier in the game), but the play also took the bat out of Mark Teixeira‘s hands since he was intentionally walked one batter later. Grandy and Tex have been the Yankees’ two best hitters all year, and the play took them right out of the equation with the score tied.
After the game, Joe Girardi told reporters that the bunt was called from the dugout, and they called for it because “we had some momentum going.” Face-freaking-palm. Yes, it worked because they scored a ton of runs that inning, but holy cow is that bad process. I can’t, I just can’t.
Anyway, once you’re done scratching your head, use this as your open thread. The ESPN Sunday Night game has the Red Sox and Cubs (Wakefield vs. James Russell), though Matt Garza was scratched because of a balky elbow. The Bulls and Heat are playing a little later on as well. Talk about whatever your heart desires, so have at it.