Epilogue to the Encarnacion / Brantley situation, courtesy of John Fay
:After failing to get down a bunt on three pitches, Encarnacion rocketed one into the left field seats for a three-run, walkoff home run.
Dusty Baker wanted it to happen this way -- really.
"You can't let him swing in that situation," Baker said. "He was struggling. I told (coach Chris Speier), 'I kind of hope he doesn't get it down so (he) can hit a three-run homer, and he hit a three-run homer."
"Being on the other side, he was one of the guys I didn't want to see up there in that situation," Baker said. "He's a clutch man."
so...many...levels of crazy...basepaths...getting clogged...in my brain...
When s is this f'd, I find it's best to simply write down every single thing that's disturbing, so that we all might more easily wrap our heads around the situation.
1) Dusty Baker didn't want EE swinging at all because he was "struggling."
2) Dusty wanted EE bunting, even though (as some astute readers have pointed out) EE has not a single sacrifice hit in over 7 years of playing baseball in the United States.
3) Dusty wanted EE bunting, even though he thinks EE performs well in clutch situations.
4) "clutch man"
5) Dusty wanted EE bunting, even though he believed that if he didn't get the bunt down, he would hit a home run.
6) The Reds hired Dusty Baker to be their Manager.
7) There are still some people in the Queen City who are not sending a handwritten letter every single day to Reds ownership begging for Baker to be fired.
Labels: clutch men, cutch, dusty baker, edwin encarnacion, john fey