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Larry Bowa gambled and lost

Aug 19, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

I missed this when I was doing the recaps, but the ending of the Dodgers-Rockies game was pretty nifty. Well, if you were a Rockies fan or if you like to rag on third base coaches and stuff.

Bottom of the 10th, two down, Dodgers down by a run. Reed Johnson was on first base when Scott Podsednik’s hit one to center that dropped in front of Dexter Fowler, who was playing Podsednik somewhere just south of Modesto. Fowler picked it up however and, rather than getting all macho about it and trying to nail Podsednik at home himself, did the smart thing and relayed it to the guy with the better arm. Troy Tulowitski threw a bullet home and nailed Johnson by several feet, ballgame over.

Joe Torre defended Larry Bowa’s decision to send Johnson, saying that the Rockies had to make a perfect throw.  They did make a perfect throw, of course, but given how much room they had to spare in tagging Johnson out, they probably would have gotten him with a merely good one.

Hindsight, I suppose. I think it would be really hard to be a third base coach. My instinct would probably be to send guys more often than guys currently get sent, and they’d get nailed a lot, most likely.

  1. donnie23 - Aug 19, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Saying he was out by several feet is quite the understatement. I’d say he was nailed by 15 feet at least. He wasn’t even within view when the ball got to the plate… just a flat out bad send by Bowa.

  2. Seattleite - Aug 19, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Yeah, he was out by a ways.
    But more importantly, is Tulowitzki sporting a mullet there? It’s kind of hard to tell with a hat on, but it sure looks like a mullet… and he’s not even Canadian.

  3. Spammer Hammer - Aug 19, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    This reminded me of Daffy Duck telling Elmer Fudd to “Slide!” and he ends up about 20 feet from the base as the tag is applied and then asks, “Am I safe”? Oh yeah!

  4. GP - Aug 19, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Sounds like the Red Sox third base coach (name escapes me atm) put on Bowa’s uniform.

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