The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
June 15, 2002
Well that was too bad last night. It is a great experience to get to complain
how your team lost a CWS game. It beats the heck out of being left out.
walked people all night and I thought that the pattern of pitcher
utilization was strange -- it was nothing like we had done all year. I am
a huge Van Horn guy, but it was hard to understand what we were doing last
night. We walk a .179 hitter and pitch to a .480 hitter with the game on
the line. We didn't take advantage of our opportunities, but that has been
a problem off and on all year. The umpire didn't do either team any favors -- close to 20 walks with a small strike zone. Still we hit the ball well
and played good defense. This team has heart and will bounce back as it
has all year. I think we win on Sunday.
We miss Hopper, although Eymann plays a nice first base. Van Horn manages
differently in the series. The team needs to relax and play their game. They proved again last night that they can play with anybody in the
country. This team is fun to watch, and once they get here everything else
is gravy. And don't kid yourself -- this is not a homefield advantage. It is
nothing like Haymarket. I was afraid we would have a few broken necks
as the fans fell asleep. Many times the place was quiet in big situations.
In any case, we win on Sunday and go from there.