How Did Grant Balfour Convince Joe Maddon To Allow Him To Face David Ortiz?

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.

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