Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The Dusty Strikes Again

This seems to be the recurring theme among the most recent Cubs blog posts. Dusty Baker upset a number of fans last night (including myself) by choosing to bat Neifi Perez in a top of the ninth, down by one, runner on first situation. Jason Dubois and Jerry Hairston, Jr. were both on the bench ready to go. Both Dubois and Hairston are much better hitters than Perez in every category you can think of, but Perez has the two beat in two non-stat categories - one of which is age.

When do the numbers matter with Baker? At some point you've got to ask yourself when the numbers mean more than some stereotype or preconceived notion about veterans and clutch hitting performance.

Here's a thought: why don't we just dump Neifi and pick up the ever-fantastic Rick Ankiel off the waiver wire. At least he's amusing.