So I met my ol mother for lunch today. She's close to 70, but she still watches the Reds as much as she can. But her understanding of baseball is a bit, well, old school. Anyway, she begins talking about how the Reds keep losing and here's what came next:
"Why does Jerry Narron keep sending Dunn up there with runners on base?"
"Uh, Mom, what do ya mean?"
"Well, shouldn't they pinch-hit for him? He always seems to strike out."
"Umm, the Reds pinch-hitters are worse than Dunn. While he's not great, there's no one else who's really any better."
"I don't know, they (the announcers, I assume) were talking about someone who was better with runners on base."
I just had to sigh. I then told Mom that you've been listening to THom Brennaman too much, and that you shouldn't pay any attention to him, or Marty. I then went into my Baseball By the Numbers speech, and taught her that strikeouts aren't evil, bunts aren't like little gold nuggets, and clutch hitting is mostly a myth. I also told her how baseball scoffs at and fears new ideas because it's run mostly by uneducated good ol boys.
I think I might have gotten through to her. I feel good, like we had an intervention.
Now, if only we can have an intervention with Krivsky and Narron about their manlove for aging crappy relievers, and we might be in business.