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Play Misty For Me (Part I)

84th MLB All-Star Game

Our pal Emma on last night’s game.


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[Photo Via: CBS; USA Today]


1 BobbyB   ~  Jul 17, 2013 8:37 am

Nice synopsis, Emma. One Mo' time!

2 Shaun P.   ~  Jul 17, 2013 9:02 am

Praise be to Mo.

3 Sliced Bread   ~  Jul 17, 2013 12:03 pm

Nice piece, Emma, but I think Leyland deserves a good deal of criticism for using Mo in the wrong inning, and denying him the save.
Regardless of his intentions, it defied baseball logic, and, I think it made Mo's final AllStar appearance a little less special.
Not a crime, for sure, but a dopey move, and one that I've come to expect from the AllStar game.
You mentioned Leyland's sense of show business, but if he has any, he wasted the show-stopping finale in the middle of the third act. Bad timing.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 17, 2013 12:24 pm

3) What if the NL took the lead in the 8th and Mo didn't have a chance to pitch at all?

5 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 17, 2013 1:19 pm

[4] Do they not allow mid-inning pitching changes in the All-Star Game?

6 BobbyB   ~  Jul 17, 2013 1:22 pm

[5] Jon, you wanted to see Mo pitch more than one inning?

7 Sliced Bread   ~  Jul 17, 2013 2:56 pm

4) As an AL reliever in an NL park he could have/should have thrown the last pitch of the game regardless of the score.
I appreciate Leyland's intent, but he didn't properly deploy our guy.
Not a felony, just a weak way to end Rivera's All-Star experience.

8 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 17, 2013 3:15 pm

[6] I would have wanted to see him pitch as many innings as he wanted to. More Mo, and all.

But the point is that Leyland should have followed George Constanza's parking philosophy, go for the dream spot and then do concentric circles outward. Aim for the best possible outcome (Rivera pitching the 9th) and then manage your way to less good options until you reach the last acceptable solution (Rivera getting into the game vs the go-ahead run in the 8th as a last resort).

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