Defense comes first.

October 23, 2009

So whata game yesterday. Another instant classic to add to the other 10 classic games we’ve already had this postseason.

I’m going to make this post quick and to the point. That was a pretty big game for both the Angels and the Yankees yesterday right? Arguably the most important game of the season. And who gets the start behind the dish for both teams? The backup/defensive catchers – Jeff Mathis and Jose’ Molina.

Jeff Mathis, the guy can catch.

Jeff Mathis, the guy can catch.

Jose' gets the nod over Jorge for his defense.

Jose' gets the nod over Jorge for his defense.

In a game where, if they lose they go home, one of the best managers in the game, Mike Scioscia chooses defensive competence over offensive production at catcher.

In a game where, if they win they go to the World Series, another of the best managers in the game, Joe Girardi chooses to go with the catcher who can receive the ball and call a decent game over the guy who can hit.

If you’re a young catcher or a aspiring coach, take note. In the catching position, DEFENSE COMES FIRST! What the receiver does offensively is icing on the cake.

That being said, I hope everyone got a chance to check out that defensive clinic Jeff Mathis put on last night. He was flat out awesome. He must have blocked half a dozen or more balls in the dirt and called a gem. The way he and Lackey worked was a thing of beauty.

Speaking of that, how about John Lackey? I’ll take that horse on my staff any day of the week. What a stud. This guy obviously wants the ball, he’s not scared, and just keeps coming at ya. He works quick, he throws strikes, and he battles. In my opinion, he’s everything a pitcher should be.

Hope game 7 is a good one.

4 Responses to “Defense comes first.”

  1. Bart C. says:

    I have to agree about Lackey. Sad thing is he’ll most likley be in pin stripes or Bean town next year.

  2. Royce the Cherokee says:

    Great stuff as always Brent!
    I saw where the Cardinals got worse today. They brought in McGwire as hitting coach(so they could re-sign Holliday) and fired Hal McRae. Bring in a fraud over a guy who played it straight I think the brilliant lawyer has fallen asleep on the steering wheel again with the car running, my bad passed out drunk at the wheel. For a great organization and baseball town that has had an immaculate reputation someone in the office got scared when LaRussa threatened to leave. I would have said good ridance and get the focus back on the players and the town and off of the self absorbed genius lawyer that can’t hold his drink.

  3. Brent Mayne says:

    Royce! Thought you had bit the dust. You’re back and comin in hot…I like it.

  4. Royce the Cherokee says:

    Took the Big Redwood and wax to the coast of Nam…catchin’ some HEY COOL-AID! waves.

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