I don’t know about you, but I was expecting Indians manager Terry Francona to pull out all the stops in the wild card game. He watched helplessly as his Indian failed to move base runners across the plate. If the Indians could have scored some runs any runs in the game, it could have changed the out-come.

What was Francona thinking? This was a do or die situation and he let the Indians die. He watched as the major part of the Indians batting order went 0 for 16 in a game that ended the Indians play-off hopes. In games that meant less we saw him pinch hit Jason Giambi.

Meanwhile with post season play in the line, he didn’t even give the old veteran a chance. No body has come through and produced the walk off wins like Giambi has done this season coming in off the bench. With the line up struggling I would think Francona would have pulled him into the game and at least made an effort to produce some runs.

I know it is always easy to second guess a mangers position, but this was a game the Tribe needed to win. The season’s over and the Indians turned some heads this year. But when the game is on the line and you know this could end everything you worked so hard for, you pull out all the stops.

We didn’t see that from Francona in this one and I am left wondering why?

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Readers Comments (2)


    I watched the game and kept wondering when is Drew Stubbs, Jason Giambi, Jason Kubiel or Raminez, the young switch hitter second base or shortstop or Mike going in. If we had to lose why not play everyone that got you to this great season. I think that Terry was wondering about pulling Swisher but when you are swinging for the fence every bat only because you want to win so bad, you need to come out of the game just like Jason, our shortstop A.C.
    Someday even though you try very hard, you just don’t have it. One game elimination, play everyone and use all the chances you can with speed and new batters that might had make the difference. We got beat from base hits and we could have matched up with them but our guys never got the chance, which is very sad. In a series with Tampa, I am sure that the top of the order would have been there in the other games but by not replacing them the added pressure to win destroyed any chance to tie or win this game. Very sad but great season anyway. Love this team and coach. Been fan for 50 years.
    Great Job Terry, we will get them next year.

  2. Vic M

    When is Francona going to use Giambi? In the 4th inning for Cabrera? In the 5th inning for Bourn, Swisher or Kipnas? In the 7th for Bourn (maybe yes) or Swisher? In the 8th for Bradley or Raburn? In the 9th with nobody on?


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