Red Sox Rout

The Red Sox are up 12-1 in the bottom of the 5th, an inning that’s lasted half an hour, with runners advancing nearly every at-bat. Eight out of nine starters have at least one run. Two out right now, bases loaded.

The reliever just walked a guy home. 13-1.

Reminds me of a story from Ball Four, the classic book by Jim Bouton. Jim was a former fastballer who lost his stuff, but came back after learning how to throw a knuckle-ball. He was pitching for the late Seattle Pilots in a losing game. The manager, Joe Schultz, came out to the mound. Jim said Joe Schultz was the perfect name for a baseball manager, and the guy had the perfect manner as well. Ever wonder what managers tell pitchers out there on the mound? In this case it was something like, “Hey, kid. Whaddaya say ya throw ‘em some low smoke, we’ll go across the street and pound some Budweiser.”

It’s one of those times for the Rockies.

[Later...] Thanks to Glenn for the corrections (including the quote).

3 comments

  1. AKMA’s avatar

    “Smoke him inside” — it was Gary Bell’s (cynical) advice on how to get each opposing batter out, IIRC.

  2. AKMA’s avatar

    Whoops — checking into it, your Joe Schulz quotation is correct; I was recalling a different scenario.

  3. Glenn’s avatar

    Looks like it was a different visit to the mound. From the Top 10 Joe Schultz Quotes:

    6. John Gelnar during a Shultz mound visit: “Any particular way you want me to pitch him, Joe?”
    Schultz: “Nah, f–k him. Give him some low smoke and we’ll go in and pound some Budweiser.”

    http://108mag.typepad.com/the_southpaw/2007/01/top_10_joe_schu.html

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