Benches Clear Over Violation Of Unwritten Rule
During the Tampa Bay Rays 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox there was a benches clearing incident resulting after Yunel Escobar swiped third base with the Rays holding a five run lead in the seventh inning.
After the stolen base there were some words exchanged between the Red Sox and Escobar at third base which continued to escalate leading to both benches and bullpens clearing.
Both managers have their take on what transpired.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell calls shutting the run game down a grey area.
Joe Maddon insists he has no problem when other teams run on his team with leads.
He also does not understand the reaction by the Red Sox bench when the Sox themselves did something more egregious against the Rays in the American League Division Series last October.
John Farrell Suggests Escobar’s Unpredictable Action Precipitated Incident
In his post-game news conference John Farrell said that “down five in the seventh so it’s somewhat of a grey area as to when to shut down the running game but you know, Yunel [Escobar] is going to do some things that are going to be unpredictable so that’s what precipitated it.”
Does his answer seems to suggest that maybe if Escobar wasn’t so unpredictable he would know when to shut down the running game?
Joe Maddon Says Roll Back The Tape:
In his post-game interview Rays manager Joe Maddon said that the Red Sox took umbrage with the fact that Escobar had stolen third base with the Rays holding a five run lead in the seventh inning.
He was quick to point out that what Escobar did was not nearly as egregious as what the Red Sox did to the Rays in the American League Division Series just last year.
A team with many of the same players on their roster today as last October.
In that game the Red Sox had an 8-2 lead in the 8th inning and Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single and stole second. He’d eventually come around to score en route to extending the Red Sox victory to 12-2. After Sunday’s game Joe Maddon explained to the media that in no uncertain terms did he take any exception to what the Red Sox under Manager John Farrell did.
“While we’re on the subject, I want to take this moment please regarding this crazy stuff about lead and teams not trying to score runs. I didn’t take any exception when they stole on us last year in the 8th inning of the Division Series with an 8-2 lead. Ellsbury on, they steal. I didn’t take any – because our goal is to not permit them scoring runs. Their goal is to score runs. The whole game. That’s always been the goal within the game of baseball. Apparently some guys on their bench do not like that. I really wish they would roll back the tape and look at that more specifically.”
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Is Joe Maddon Being Honest About Run Scoring Philosophy?
As Joe Maddon referenced in his post-game the Boston Red Sox stole in a much more egregious situation in the 2013 ALDS and he insisted that he did not have a problem with that.
Revisiting a quote from above about the incident and his belief on scoring runs: “I didn’t take any exception when they stole on us last year in the 8th inning of the Division Series with an 8-2 lead. Ellsbury on, they steal. I didn’t take any – because our goal is to not permit them scoring runs. Their goal is to score runs. The whole game.”
The question to ask is how honest is Joe Maddon being. Was he “tongue in cheek” not upset with the Red Sox for stealing with a six run lead in the eighth inning last October? Or was he being 100% truthful about his philosophy that you should try to score “the whole game.”
Maddon himself asked the Red Sox to roll back the tape on the ALDS incident and it would be this writers guess that this is the tape he’s asking them to review.
From watching the post-game news conference it is evident that Joe Maddon had zero issues with the Red Sox actions. Many of the same Red Sox players that witnessed Ellsbury steal in a more egregious situation have no right to deliver a verbal onslaught toward Yunel Escobar when he steals third base in the seventh inning only leading by five runs.
LETS CHECK THE TAPE: