Walkoff in the Park

"Edgar Renteria showed a lot of chutzpah in laying down that bunt."

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"I like your website—don’t agree with you often—however—you keep me coming back daily —- so you must be doing something right!

Here’s my take—the bunt by Renteria was an AWFUL play—last year in a similar situation Nomar made the last out of a game the Cubs badly needed to win late in the season during their pennant run—I remember distinctly Nomar getting slaughtered on WEEI —- comments like he is a #3 hole hitter —- paid to drive in runs in that situation and laying down a bunt was a bad play!

Fast-forward to yesterday—the new “boy-wonder” shortstop—also paid to drive in runs—supposedly a better “run-producer” than O-Cab/Nomar—lays down a bunt with the tying run on first base—a double in the gap or better yet a homerun by Renteria wins the game —- no need to bring Ortiz to the plate—it ended up working so everyone is happy—but just say he gets thrown out laying down that bunt—what would everyone say then?

“SWING THE BAT EDGAR!!!!!!” — I thought that was why you were brought here—quit wussing out and hiding behind “it was a great baseball play—the 3rd Baseman was playing back” —- ridiculous—double-standards in this town—an incredible “what have you done for me lately attitude” —- Nomar would be getting DRILLED if he did the same thing!!

Hooah!" -- Bruce M. Kimball, MSgt, USAF

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"Please say something about Renteria's bunt in your recap of the game. So many times I am frustrated by a major league ballplayer not knowing the situation and costing their team, especially on the Sox. Plain and simple, that was just good baseball and saved Foulke's ass yet again. Maybe you should keep a stat going: times the team has saved Foulke vs. his actual saves."
-- 6.2 Ryan Boughan email

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"I have an ear to the WEEI stream and honestly I'm getting steamed. It's almost as if he (Renteria) is being blasted for the bunt. Come on -- it's great baseball -- if the 3rd baseman is gonna give it to you by playing closer to the outfield grass than playing even that moves the tying run to 2nd. The play or potential play people should be talking about is Bellhorn not taking 3rd. They had the heavy shift on for Papi -- 3rd base was wide open for the taking the only way he runs into an out is if he trips. This was a potential MAJOR non-move -- it could of made Papi's at-bat even easier. The pitcher, Ryan, would of lost some of his reliance for the big sweeping slider away waste pitch in the dirt -- a potential passed ball in the making, which of coarse would of brought in the tying run. Thank god it didn’t come down to that, but that should be the story. Was it Bellhorn maybe missing a sign or Sveum not being aggressive?" -- Tom D. email

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