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October 8, 2013

Playoff Prospectus

ALDS Game Three Recap: Rays 5, Red Sox 4

by Zachary Levine


My parents aren’t those stereotypical Jewish parents who were going to be disappointed if their kid didn’t turn out to be a doctor or a lawyer. They were pretty low pressure about the whole career thing. In fact, I think they were secretly (or not so secretly) pleased when I decided to go into baseball writing, because let’s face it; they can read my writing and feel like they’re watching their son perform. They couldn’t exactly go watch me perform a tracheotomy, anything you might have seen in the Junior Mint episode be damned.

I still remember the day I told them, too. I was away at college and called on the phone to tell them that I was following my real dream. I was going to write about and analyze baseball. And someday I would be asked to break down in great detail what may have shifted the odds by one or two percent and tell people the important lessons to take away from a game in which…

  • The Rays’ go-ahead run in the eighth inning was set up by two infielders colliding with each other after a play where everybody forgot to cover first base following—and here’s the weird one—a James Loney walk.

  • An American League team decided to give up the designated hitter because it had to take out its right fielder, who had been 0-for-12 on series, with cramping in his legs.

  • This was instead of putting in a player who had been a good enough hitter to be an everyday player as recently as the previous game and deemed a competent enough fielder to start in the outfield for his previous employer as recently as this year.

  • Said player, whom the internet collective was calling for to be benched yesterday, came in later and drove in the game-winning run.

  • The guy everybody did want and whom things like “actual analysis” would probably support, struck out on three pitches with the bases loaded and tried his hand at bunting in a huge spot in the eighth and looked even worse. And his team won.

  • That was the same team that seemed to get totally screwed by t

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