When Alex Rodriguez tried to steal third base in the seventh inning, it really was an all-or-nothing play.
Steal the base and all Xavier Nady needs is a fly ball to get the Yankees the lead. Get thrown out and a rally is snuffed.
He was thrown out. The Yankees argued with Bill Welke to no avail.
A-Rod: â€œIâ€™m always looking to make something happen. They have such a great bullpen. You canâ€™t sit around and wait for things happen. … I was safe. Bill (expletive) up.”
Girardi: â€œI believe he was safe, so I donâ€™t have a problem. Alex is a very smart base-runner, he knows exactly what heâ€™s doing. He just didnâ€™t run recklessly, he studied the pitcher. I turned him loose.â€
A-Rod is a very smart runner. Yesterday was only the second time he has been caught in 18 tries this season. But here’s the thing: Nady came to the plate with 20 hits and 13 RBI in his previous 45 at-bats including a home run against Jose Arredondo on Aug. 3.
Nady also was up 2-0 on the count. A-Rod is going to score on a single.
Let’s say he stole the base. Arredondo was behind 3-0 at that point. The Angels almost certainly would have walked Nady and pulled the infield in to face Robinson Cano.
It’s a good “do you or don’t you” debate.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, they’ve been on the losing end of all these questions lately.