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#1 Oswego Chris

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 01:56 PM

yesterdays little experiment went well, and got many responses...so let's try another

9th inning, The Cubs are down by a run...there is one out with a guy at third, the Cubs need the ever allusive(for them) sacrifice fly...the opposing pitcher is a nasty right hander who throws 95-97, with a lights out slider to righties...this being the Cubs, there are no lefties to bring up...so here are your options:

A. Shawon Dunston
B. A Non Steroid Using Sammy Sosa
C. Alfonso Soriano

you need contact...Good Luck!

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 01:59 PM

Where's the (non)love for Todd Hundley?

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:18 PM

Tough one... I'll go with Sosa. I feel like his HUGE strikeout numbers were more a result of his overswinging, so maybe he would shorten his swing up a bit in this special situation. Of course, good luck telling any of these guys that you just need one run...

I remember a few years ago, having an argument with my dad about a similar situation, bottom 9, bases loaded, 1 out, tie game, who would you want at the plate from the '07 roster. I said Jason Kendall, because he could handle the bat so well, and he would take walk or HBP to get it done, and my dad thought I was crazy.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:32 PM

Lights out slider and you have Soriano on the list?

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:33 PM

I'd go with Shawon. Good fastball hitter. If it was first pitch fastball, he'd certainly give it swing. Also, how young is fonzie?

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:39 PM

Soriano. He gets the head of the bat through the strike zone as fast or faster than any of these guys.

But really, this is a complete toss of the dice.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

Is Dick Tidrow on 3rd? He could just steal home. No one would dare get in front of that stache!

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

Lights out slider and you have Soriano on the list?

That's *why* he has Alf on the list. It's supposed to be brutally hard.

And it is.

I'll go with Sosa, barely, barely, barely.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:59 PM

I'd call on Dunston over Sosa by a hair, I'd feel more comfortable letting him swing away or laying down a bunt in that situation.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:24 PM


Lights out slider and you have Soriano on the list?

That's *why* he has Alf on the list. It's supposed to be brutally hard.

And it is.

I'll go with Sosa, barely, barely, barely.


I got it now.....yes...Sigh...Sosa....

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:32 PM

Eeeeek. I don't know. I guess Sosa too but just barely.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:27 PM

I think (I think) that I'd rather have the pre-(alleged)steroid Sosa on this, even over the 2001-ish gargantuan Sosa.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:41 PM

to show I am not afraid to answer my own tough question....I go with Sammy.....Dunston used to drive me freaking nuts swinging at balls in the dirt...and maybe it's time for Soriano to quit using the biggest bat in the league(he does you know)

choke uip and make contact.....

of course that would constitute fundamentals...

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 01:44 AM

I don't really believe in "clutch hitters" in the MLB. If a guy can't perform under pressure, he's not in the big leagues (after typing that sentence, I realize there's a line somewhere in Moneyball, the book, that is virtually identical...not worth looking up exactly).

Despite this belief, there was nothing I hated more in the late 90's/early Naughties than seeing Sammy Sosa come up to the plate late in a close game. I swear he struck out every single time I saw him come to the plate with a chance to tie a game or take the lead after the 7th inning. He didn't just get out...literally 100% K's.

I'll take Sori...
And that's a bad miss...

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 05:48 AM

Dunston. If death is not an option, I'll at least take the one that starts with the same letter.
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