On this date in 2003, Josh Beckett pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Marlins to a 2-0 victory and a World Series championship against the Yankees. What many Yankees fans remember most vividly about that series was a decision made by Joe Torre in Game 4. In an article about Tony LaRussa’s interesting evening in Game 5 last night, Jay Jaffe referenced Torre’s gaffe:
If a Hall of Fame-bound manager has had a worse night in a nine-inning World Series game—for the sake of argument, we’ll chalk up Joe Torre’s decision to pitch Jeff Weaver in 2003 as an extra-inning folly—then I haven’t seen it.
Let’s take a look at Torre’s decision and see whether it was quite as awful as we remember.
After losing Game 1 by a 3-2 score, the Yankees strung together consecutive 6-1 victories and were looking to take a stranglehold on the series in Game 4. Roger Clemens was matched up against future pain in the butt Carl Pavano, and Pavano stuck it to the Yankees by pitching 8 innings of one run ball.… Click here to read the rest