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This week’s question was on the unwritten rule about bunting to break up a no hitter.
Like most of the unwritten rule questions the vote came down on the side of erasing the unwritten ink.
My thought has always been that, if the game is close and it made sense in a ‘we need a baserunner to have a shot at winning this game’ then sure bunting is fine. A 1 or 2 run game, you never know, getting a base runner on, and making the pitch throw out of the stretch, might cause him to lose focus. Add in the let down from losing the no-hitter, getting a runner on might be what the team needs to pull off a win. I think, if there is a possibility of a win, you do what you need to do to win.
If the game is a blowout? Then I’m kind of against bunting for the hit. Not in the “you should bean the guy for doing it” way, but in more of a that’s not quite right way.
It is a tough distinction. I guess I’m old enough that I’ve been brought up with the unwritten rules, but I’d like to think that I can get past the stupidness of most of them.
The Blue Jays questions:
- 92% of us approve of manager Charlie Montoyo. I’ll admit I’m in this group. I don’t agree with everything he does, but then he knows things about the team that I don’t.
- The ‘confidence in the direction of the team’ question has 84% of us saying we are confident. That number has come up in recent weeks.
Week 19: 58%
Week 20: 64%
Week 21: 74%
Week 22: 74%
And this week 84%
The numbers took a beating around the trade deadline, which is understandable. That Sanchez and Biagini were part of a no-hitter right after didn’t help the numbers. It seems like, as we’ve put some distance between us and the deadline, feelings aren’t running quite so hot.
In the ‘it could be worse’ file, the Pirates fans vote had 5% confident in their front office.