Baseball is a sport where so much is tied to chance.
In close games, the difference between winning and losing is a bounce here or there. A tiny piece of timing goes one way instead of another and a losing team can be a winner.
Last year a lot of bounces went the Red Sox way.
This year, not so much.
Last night, the Red Sox were rallying in the 9th inning, down by a run, with Jemile Weeks on third base representing the tying tun.
Will Middlebrooks chopped one towards third. Weeks tried to get out of the way of the ball.
It hit him barely in fair territory.
Instead of a game tying single it was a runner out at third base, rally all but killed.
Not that this game meant a lot to the Red Sox, it did to the Brewers, Cardinals and Pirates.
A slightly different bounce and the Red Sox are playing spoilers.
Instead Weeks gets hit… and I’ve never seen that happen in a 9th inning rally before.
I guess I should update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
56 Dodged Bullets 50 Teeth Grinders
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Rangers complete an improbable sweep with a 4 run first and squashed any big rallies as the A’s lost 7-2. TEETH GRINDER
52 Dodged Bullets 56 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
A ball hits Jemile Weeks in fair territory, derailing a 9th inning rally and sending the Red Sox to a 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh. TEETH GRINDER
Dodged Bullets 63 Teeth Grinders 75
OK, A’s. How about winning some games and not making this a fruitless exercise?