Who's On Third?

Brad Lidge and Pedro Feliz said they did not know who should have covered third base.

Johnny Damon said he expected Lidge there.

Jimmy Rollins said he forgot to tell Lidge it was him.

Charlie Manuel discussed the play that set in motion the killer 7-4 loss last night to the Yankees in Game 4 of the World Series. Damon stole second base with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and wisely ran to third with nobody covering the base as the Phillies had deployed a defensive shift toward right field for Mark Teixeira.

“Every year we go to Spring Training and when we go over our fundamentals and bunt plays and things like that, we might spend five minutes on that at the most,” Manuel said. “We might talk about it two times. That’s the first time I’ve seen that play happen against us since I’ve been here. That plays comes up sometimes. Damon was heads up. I said there was a miscommunication. If you’re going to play the game the right way … that’s kind of an instinct play. That’s where you’ve got to be heads up in the game.

“You’ve got to know where you’ve got your defense set and who’s going to cover third. Most of the time that’s the pitcher. But I’ll be very honest with you, if we’re going to go over it, if we’re going to discuss it every day, for me, (Carlos) Ruiz is going to cover third because he’s faster than Lidge and he’s a better fielder and things like that. He would be the guy that I would say, ‘Go cover third base.’”

Some have wondered if Rollins could have taken the throw from Ruiz at second, but he was positioned too far away from the bag. Feliz made the correct play by fielding the throw at second.

“But the big thing in the inning was A-Rod’s hit,” Manuel said.

Manuel pointed that Damon already was in scoring position because he stole second. He would have scored anyway on A-Rod’s double to left field.

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Here is some other awesome stuff that Charlie said:

““There’s a reason why you’re a long man,” Manuel said. “There’s a reason why you’re a sixth inning guy, a seventh inning guy and a closer. There’s a reason for that…Lidge was perfect last year. Stuff-wise, when he’s on, he’s got two out pitches. He’s our top pitcher down there. He is out best pitcher, and that’s why he makes $13 million a year, and that’s what we signed him for.

“How about those games we lose in the sixth and seventh inning, too? Nobody sees those games. They don’t’ remember this. Lidge is the closer. He got signed to be the closer here for three years.””

I’d love a manager that admits and learns from his mistakes, although I’m not sure one exists in the MLB.

Here’s a little song for you Philthadelphians from your friends in New York. Enjoy

http://www.wfan.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=4128346

Wow. How lame can it get! You actually think that is funny?
And Craig Carton really has a job? NY must not be very picky with their sports talk. That clown got run out of Philly years ago. WFAN is really scraping the bottom of the barrel with that. They must be paying Boomer a lot of money to work with him because that is embarrassing. What a clownshow…

WFAN is perpetually scraping the bottom of the barrel

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