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.
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.