Did you see on the YES post-game coverage last night where Michael Kay said that Joe Girardi pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez was a bigger snub for A-Rod than when Joe Torre batted Alex eighth in the 2006 ALDS?
This got me wondering which was a bigger blow to the ego? And, I tried to picture how I would feel as a player in these spots.
To me, being told that I am batting eighth says to me: “We feel like there are seven other guys in the line-up who are better than you right now. And, we’re not confident that you will be able to do better than them in a big spot. But, we’re not taking you out of the game. So, you still have a chance to make an impact – if you can.”
But, being told that I am being lifted for a pinch-hitter says to me: “We feel like there’s a much better option now than you. And, we don’t think you have a chance in this big spot compared to someone else who is available. Rather than see you bat, we’re taking you out of the game.”
That said, I have to agree with Kay – and that’s not something that I usually would do…
How about you, what do you think?