It doesn’t exist.
Sorry for the lack of intro, but I wanted to make sure I wrote this while it was still fresh in my head. I saw that Joe addressed it at his end-of-year presser last Friday, and I’ve seen it mentioned a few other times around the blogosphere and Twitter, and I really don’t get it. Joe doesn’t owe Jacoby Ellsbury anything. Not an apology, not an explanation, not a phone call, nothing.
Joe did what he thought gave his team the best chance to win by sitting Ellsbury in the Wild Card game. And he had every reason to do so given the way Ellsbury had hit in the second half and given Ellsbury’s physical condition leading up to that game. Those two things were linked in some capacity this year, as Ellsbury was clearly not the same player post-knee injury. He and the team swore he was fine, but his contact rates, low slash line, and lack of steal attempts in the second half say otherwise. … Click here to read the rest