Found October 11, 2012 on Rumors and Rants:
In the words of Bill Raftery, “Onions!” Of all the brass-balled coaching moves in sports history, Joe Girardi’s decision to pinch hit for his highest-paid player when trailing by a run in the ninth inning may well go down as one of the boldest — and most successful. Yes, Alex Rodriguez has struggled mightily this postseason, seemingly striking out every other at-bat. (If George Steinbrenner thought Dave Winfield was Mr. May, Lord knows what he’d be calling A-Rod if he was still around.) But no matter how much sense it makes, you just don’t see a manager bench his star player for Raul Freaking Ibanez in these types of situations, ever. OK, maybe there was once. In Game 3 of the 1994 Eastern Conference semifinals, Phil Jackson drew up a last-second shot for Toni Kukoc rather than the Bulls star that season, Scottie Pippen. Pippen was so incensed that he sat on the bench for the final 1.8 seconds, but Phil’s intuition proved correct as Kukoc nailed the shot. These types of moments rare...
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