Tuesday, May 24, 2005

E is for Error

Ok, it's time to start talking about that little thing that causes fans to revel in jubilation or cry like a baby and swear like a sailor: The Error. Yes, it's something that we don't normally talk about or emphasize, but this season it seems like there are errors everywhere. A-Rod has been a mess on the corner this year. Womack in left is a disaster waiting to happen (though I have to admit I've been pleasantly surprised to this point). Cano screwed a few up. Jeter booted two the other night. And, in a twist of sweet fate, the Mets' Matsui took it upon himself to help the Yankees win Friday night's game by misplaying a grounder. It's my opinion that depending on which side of the field you're on, an error can be far worse than a dinger or far better than a dinger. This is because it has the super-special, extra ingredient called shame. When a player makes an error, not only does the team get down about giving the opposition (4 or 5 outs), but that player (and sometimes the whole team (read: Chicago Cubs, 2003 NLCS, game 6)) is usually thrown off his game for the rest of the day. You end up having a guy at the plate who is swinging for the fences to make amends for that single, costly mistake. If you're in the AL, that guy effectively negates the DH and if you're in the NL, it's like having two pitchers in your lineup. On Friday night, for instance, instead of thinking he's Ichiro or Juan Pierre and trying to simply get on base, Matsui suddenly thinks he's Jim Thome or Ken Griffey, Jr. It was just plain sad to watch. What happened, you ask? He struckout. Just like Jim Thome and Ken Griffey, Jr.

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