Wisdom from Baseball Prospectus

Nothing new here, according to Joe Sheehan, speaking about CC’s and ARod’s performance on game 4 of the 2009 ALCS:

Sabathia and Rodriguez had assembled recent track records in postseason play that served to define them as failures in the eyes of many who want to believe that success on a baseball diamond is a moral issue. You cannot evaluate baseball players on a handful of starts or plate appearances, and that remains true no matter the date. Given time, all players perform at their established levels, and that’s what we’re seeing now from Sabathia and Rodriguez. Would that this lesson took hold, but even I’m not that naïve.

Emphasis added. I soured on Joe Torre the moment he moved Rodriguez to the seventh spot in the batting order a few years back, when Rodriguez — and the Yankees — were struggling in the post-season. Mine is not a popular opinion in NYC.

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Friday Night in the Bronx

This was one of the longest weeks of my life. Waiting for championship baseball to start. I didn’t even mind that I had to listen to the never-ending anti-Yankee rantings of Tim McCarver.

October baseball tastes sweeter after a five year absence.

So what’s a nice complement to watching the game on Faux? Checking out the Live Analysis over at the New York Times on the lappy. And you not only get smart baseball live-blogging, you also get interesting tidbits like this:

Update | 10:29 p.m.
Mary Kay Messenger of the West Point band sang God Bless America in place of Ronan Tynan, the Irish tenor who was banned for making an anti-semitic remark earlier in the week.

C’mon Ronan. What’s the deal? It’s 2009, bro! One stupid remark and you ain’t singing in the Bronx in October.

At Live Analysis I also found Kevin Dame’s Visual Baseball Blog. He was ahead of me in the Comments section. Kevin was there promoting his nice blog, a place to find “new ways to view and understand baseball’s rich body of statistics and information.”

I was there to bitch about McCarver.

Please check him out. He’s onto something. I mean Kevin, not McCarver!