The View From Wisconsin

Just a random set of rants from a Sports Fan from Wisconsin.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Take Strike Three?

It's a day later, and I still do not understand why the heck Carlo$ Beltran took strike three.

There are a lot of unwritten rules in baseball - don't make the third out at third base, don't steal when you're up by more than four runs late, don't showboat around the bases after you hit one out.

But you would think that the situation would demand that you at least swing at the next pitch. Consider:
Your job, with two outs and two strikes, is to protect the plate. You learn that all the way back in little league baseball, for cryin' out loud.

I hope that Willie Randolph dressed him down in private, either last night or this morning. He can have high batting averages, he can have gaudy HR and RBI numbers... but this is just downright DUMB.