Damn, damn, damn.

There's no easy way to say it, kids...God hates us.

Leaving Pedro Martinez in for the eighth inning (and perhaps even the seventh, with Ronan Tynan once again disgracing the memory of the victims of 9/11) was clearly the wrong move, especially with Alan Embree and Mike Timlin pitching so well in the series. True, Martinez was still hitting mid-90s with his heater, but his pitch count was up around 110 and his pitch placement and movement started to suffer. Jason Giambi, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui all punished Martinez for leaving pitches over the plate. Martinez wasn't going to come out of the game of his own volition -- Grady Little should have taken him out of the game kicking and screaming. You don't become a Hall of Fame pitcher by admitting that you want out.

And thanks to Google's advertising software, the banner ad at the top of this page might be advertising Sox World Series tickets. Go figger.


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