Back in the late 1980′s, the Baltimore Orioles had a batting prospect by the name of Luis Mercedes. He was a batting title contender for three years in a row – at Single-A, Double-A, and Triple A. Basically, in the minors, with his high batting averages, Mercedes was an on-base machine – and Luis was just 23-years old when he was already starring at Triple-A.
How come you never heard of him? Well, if I recall correctly, he had a bit of a temper – which worked against him. But, worse for him, even though he had speed, he was a base-running nightmare. It was said that his philosophy of running the bases was “When you reach base, keep running until you score or they tag you out.”
I’m guessing that the Angels’ Vlad Guerrero went to the “Luis Mercedes School of Base Running” back when he was a kid growing in the Dominican Republic. And, as a Yankees fan, today, I thank him for doing that.
Credit Cano and Damon for hitting the snot out of two mistake pitches today. That was the Yankees scoring machine this afternoon. And, credit today is also due to Five-And-Fly Wright and “ProcFarnMo” ™ (towards the Yankees win).
But, Guerrero’s stupid base running in the first might have taken Wright off the early hook. And, Vlad’s getting picked off second to end the sixth was being “bone-headed at a bad time” as bad as being “bone-headed at a bad time” gets.
In any event, considering that Boston won today, I’ll take the Yankees win regardless of who deserves the credit. In Yankeeland, today was a good day to win.