Joe Maddon Shows Trust In Grant Balfour
In Game One of today’s Rays and Red Sox game Grant Balfour convinced Joe Maddon to allow him to face David Ortiz with first base open in the ninth inning with the game tying run in Dustin Pedroia at second base. Balfour got Ortiz to ground out to first baseman James Loney to end the game.
Can’t remember the last time a pitcher talked me out of something but Balfour did today on whether to pitch to Big Papi. It worked out.
— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) May 1, 2014
How did Balfour convince #Rays Maddon to pitch to Ortiz: “He was so sincerely manaically crazed and passionate about it.”
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 1, 2014