This week's winner: Burt Graeff
In the local media's 147th treatise on the bunting woes of the 2005 Indians, Burt brings us this harrowing narrative from the Indians' September 28 loss to the Devil Rays, 1-0. He writes:
(Yes, yes, I know, the whole inning would have unfolded differently had the bunt been successful. But let's face facts here, Casey Blake was at the plate with the tying run in scoring position. Do we really, honestly think it was going to unfold any differently?)
The Bunt Story has been written 146 times already and is, at best, two percent of the reason the Indians didn't make the playoffs. Here's one of the many other reasons: Sizemore and Crisp hit .159 that final week, with a .208 on-base average. They scored one run, total, in the last seven games. Funny ... I don't remember reading 147 stories about that.
When your 1-2 hitters aren't getting on base, isn't it obvious that bunting is not really the problem?