Usually, the only evidence he was ever in the game comes not from the box score, but from the collective groan audible from the crowd reckoning with the fact it is about to watch two pitching changes in a span of one, maybe two, outs. Let’s be clear, the only thing more exciting than watching an aging manager waddle like a penguin to the pitching rubber and summons a substitute reliever is watching that same manager do it twice in five-minutes time.
Anecdotally, there exists a wholly unscientific correlation between a person’s political views and their position on the DH. For example, a conservative person with a strict interpretation of the United States Constitution is likelier to a be a “baseball purist,” insisting the pitcher bat as God and Abner Doubleday intended.
After taking a 3-1 World Series lead last year against a professional baseball team that plays its home games on Chicago’s north side, the Indians have lost six consecutive closeout-elimination games. The resolve of this club is sure to be tested as it heads through the offseason and into next spring.