posted on Oct, 5 2006 @ 06:33 AM
DEAR SULTAN (and others),
I'm not a Twins fan and I LOATHE that ridiculous "ballpark" of theirs, which gave them two b.s. World Series rings. But....
Tori Hunter is one of the best players in the A.L. and would be a mega-star if he played on the Yankees. He makes a lot of spectacular plays, and
right now he's a goat because had to make a split-second decision about whether to go for that ball or not. Obviously his decision looks bad in the
cold light of the day after, but I'm not a results person. I believe Babe Ruth's decision to try and steal home--and thereby get caught stealing and
end Game 7 of the 1926 World Series when he was the tying run, and the winning run was at the plate--was wrong because it was wrong, NOT because it
didn't work out.
I'm not sure that's true of Hunter's failed attempt which turned a single into an inside-the-park HR. Both of the current MLB CF's who were on ESPN
last night said they agreed with Hunter's play, though they're not likely to trash him for it on national TV. How'd you like to step into the box
against Santana next time if you did, lol? Trash the Twins' great everyday player; face their great pitcher; get half-killed. Not an enticing
Sultan, you're a very accomplished ballplayer. You've played CF in semi-pro ball and you played it in college.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Was Hunter's judgment sound in going for the catch, or should he have held it to a single? He obviously didn't miss it by much, and he just as
obviously had no way to be certain, one way or the other, whether he could catch it... until it was too late. Does that make such an obviously
high-risk play a bad one?
And what do you think of the criticism of Tim Kurkjian--who, like me, knows a great deal about baseball history but has never played the game at
any serious level, that the corner outfielders have to recognize the dangerousness of that situation, and therefore run toward CF in case of such
a disaster, thereby prevent the inside-the-park HR? If that criticism is valid, those guys committed a huge error, because it would have been a 1-run
game for a couple of innings, and I needn't tell you what a difference that makes.