As fans, we often get fairly cocky about our knowledge of the sport. We make sweeping generalizations about a manager and a decision based upon our own store of experience, often criticizing moves as being clearly wrong. However, in actuallity, baseball is a complex sport that often presents multiple reasonable courses of action. Yet we tend to see things in absolutes: my way or the highway.
Let me give an example. In the 6th inning of last night’s game, Robbie Cano hit a leadoff double. Jerry Hairston Jr was not bunting, the Yankees did not score, and lost by one run. Many at Lohud were livid, and are still complaining about that idiot Girardi costing the Yankees the game. Conversely, most fans at RAB were pleased by the non-bunt. Two fan bases, both sure of the correctness of their convictions. Yet, to be honest, neither is really right or wrong. Either course of action would have been reasonable and defensible, yet as fans we automatically assume that we know better than the manager.… Click here to read the rest