What Were They Thinking?: The Brainless Blunders That by Kyle Garlett

By Kyle Garlett

In 1919, the Boston purple Sox traded Babe Ruth to the recent York Yankees to finance a Broadway exhibit. In 1968, NBC grew to become off the Jets-Raiders video game with in basic terms seconds left to teach the made-for-TV motion picture Heidi. In 1994, Tonya Harding made up our minds the right way to win Olympic gold was once by way of doing away with Nancy Kerrigan's kneecap. In all of those events, and lots of, many extra, there's only one query fanatics can ask: What have been they thinking?!

In those pages, sportswriter and fellow fan Kyle Garlett recounts the head activities error that made you tear out your hair, beat your chest in soreness, and yell on the television till your acquaintances referred to as the police officers. no matter if it truly is boneheaded coaches, idiotic common managers, or quickly insane avid gamers, each fan has visible his group pass from the edge of victory to overall defeat for no logical cause. even if it really is baseball, soccer, golfing, hockey, or the other game, you will discover what fairly occurred in the course of those painful moments and why they ended up the incredible manner they did.

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And that streak, in 1969, was actually three better than the 23 straight losses his Phillies suffered in 1961— just one loss short of the major-league record. But both of those losing skeins by bad teams pale in comparison to the 10 straight his very good 1964 Phillies dropped in the waning days of September. That collapse, and the decisions that directly led Philadelphia to cough up a 61 2-game lead on September 20, with just 12 games left to play, haunted Mauch the rest of his life. Just how comfortable were the Phillies with their lateSeptember lead?

In two-thirds of an inning Sprowl walked four and gave up a hit, and before many of the fans had even found their seats, the Yankees’ four-game sweep was well on its way to completion. Sprowl would make exactly one more career start before leaving the majors for good in 1981. With the margin for error so slim in 1978, with any one single win or loss the difference between winning the American League East outright or being forced into a one-game playoff, the responsibility for the collapse in Boston is Don Zimmer’s, and his alone.

Their pitching staff, however, was less than stellar. And managing both a rotation and bullpen was Zimmer’s Achilles’ heel— as was managing the egos and personalities that came along with being a Major League Baseball player in the 1970s. Unless they are fresh off an early American history course, ask anyone in Massachusetts during the baseball season to explain the “Boston Massacre” and you are just as likely to get a retelling of the four-game September sweep at the hands of the Yankees that completely turned the tide of the 1978 season as you are to get a reference to the 1770 shooting of five civilians by British troops in colonial Boston.

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