New York Mets fans were waiting patiently to find out if their ace, RA Dickey would be starting the All Star Game tomorrow night. Instead, Tony LaRussa, the National League Manager, gave them a swift kick in the junk. According to WFAN, Tony LaRussa will name Giants pitcher Matt Cain as the National League starting pitcher. Cain did throw a perfect game earlier this season, however his numbers just don’t match RA Dickey’s. Cain is 9-3 on the season and Dickey is 12-1. Cain has a 2.62 ERA compared to Dickey’s 2.41 ERA.
This got us to wondering. Did the ‘genius’ Tony LaRussa also think that Sam Bowie was the better choice for the Trail Blazers in 1984 (over Michael Jordan)? Did he think the Colts made a mistake when they drafted Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf? Did he think that Rocky 5 was a good idea? You know, the one with Tommy Gunn in it? Yeah, that movie sucked.
I Mets’ fans can’t be all that upset because, after all, this All Star Game, despite MLB’s efforts, is still an exhibition game. It would have been great for the Mets’ 37 year old to get the honor of starting. Actually, it would probably have made strategic sense to have Dickey start because his knuckleball would helped throw off the starters for the American League (although they’ll probably only play 3-4 innings). Ultimately, I think LaRussa hates the New York Mets and didn’t want to see Dickey start…..or Buster Posey told him he didn’t want to catch a knuckleballer…….or he’s been out of baseball for too long (8 months) to remember what a good managerial decision is……or he has a mangina. Who knows? In the end, Dickey will get his chance to pitch tomorrow night and it’ll be a great honor. However, I wouldn’t be too upset if a knuckleball found it’s way at LaRussa at some point.
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