"There's something a little distasteful about me sitting right here acting like I'm Connie Mack, Casey Stengel and Tony Larussa all rolled into one the day after the fact. That said, nobody is more relieved today than Angels manager Mike Scioscia. That cat is seriously off the hook after nearly managing his team right out of the ALCS last night. Well, it does take some unbelievable gall for me to second guess a guy who's forgotten more baseball than I will ever know. Considering that's what they pay me to do I'm just going to go ahead and do it. Besides, Scioscia has not forgotten more baseball than John Lackey will ever know, and I know that Lackey agrees with me.
How do you hook him with a 4 run lead when he had just gotten Damon to fly out to right for the second out of the inning? Look, if you want to pull him after he walked Posada and Jeter great, but if you leave him in to get Damon (and he does) how do you not let him work his way out of that jam and get the last out, especially since he was set to face a struggling Texas. He's your horse, he dominated for the first 6 innings and he was right- that was HIS game.
Now, not only are you going to have to replace Lackey next year when he leaves, you almost had to replace the entire ballpark after Darren Oliver dragged his gas can to the bump, soaked the infield with gasoline, starting flicking lit finger tips all around and attempted to burn that joint to the ground. Texas, the guy that Scioscia "Just had to turn around" cleared the bases on the very first pitch, Oliver then intentionally walks AROD, gave up the game tying knock to Madsui and then passed his gas can to Jepsen who tried to burn down the rest of the city allowing that two run triple to Cano.
Luckily the rally monkey then came out, the Angels came back and the manager was off the hook. The only person happier than Scioscia was the Phillies manager, because if the Angels can steal game 6 and force Sabathia to pitch again then every Philly fan will probably be climbing greasy lamp posts and dodging roman candle fire once again."