From: Todd B
To: Steve P
Date: 12/17/14  12:00 am
Subject: Where Was #13?

Hey!

So I just finished playing a game between the Mets and Cardinals for August 4th. Going into the ninth inning, the game was tied 1-1, and I had one opportunity to pinch-hit me, but I went with Iorg instead, and he got an infield single. The game went into the tenth, and there were really no other times to bring me in to pinch-hit (the Mets had a LH pitcher by then).

The question was – and it was a question on the minds of fans and sportswriters alike – why wasn’t the Benefiel kid brought in to take over at short in the late innings? Because in the tenth, Templeton threw away a ground ball which allowed a runner to score, and the Mets went on to win 2-1. Templeton is an E5, and I’m an E1, and I would’ve cleanly fielded that ball and got the out.

The question now is, in games that are close, do I bring myself in every time to take over for Templeton at short? It’s what I usually do when a team has a slim lead, or the score is tied: I check for high-error fielders, and replace them with better fielders. Which is what is done in real-life games, too. But Templeton’s a veteran, and I’m an untested rookie, so I don’t know if it’s right to bring me in like that…but hell, if Tempy’s gonna throw the game away every time, I might as well be in there to see that he doesn’t.

And since the Cards are almost 30 games out of first, manager Ken Boyer might as well start testing players for next season, right? Another way to look at it: if he wants to get the Cardinals out of the NL East cellar AND boost attendance (AND keep the Cardinalettes from rioting), it might help if I’m at short for at least a part of every remaining game.

Any thoughts on this? The Cardinalettes—not as happy tonight as they were below—and I interested in your feedback.

TB

SP78 Cardinalettes

From: Steve P
To: Todd B
Date: 12/17/14  7:25 am
Subject: If I Could, I Truly Would

Hey!

I look at it this way – it’s only a matter of time until the Cards are going to make a deal for a slick-fielding, pain-in-the-ass Padres shortstop, so they’re not putting their pennies in the Templeton Bank anyway. Why not see if you can change the course of history by allowing the Redbirds to see what they have in the farm system, then maybe dealing Templeton for a pitcher instead?

I guarantee if you don’t try it out a few times you’ll regret it later when the playoffs hit and #13 faces a long off-season.

SP

From: Todd B
To: Steve P
Date: 12/17/14  4:13 pm
Subject: Sit Down, Tempy!

What’s this about a shortstop-for-shortstop trade? I had no idea the Cards were going to make a deal for Enzo Hernandez!

Actually, I had no idea Ozzie Smith was considered a pain-in-the-ass; was he considered such when he was with the Padres or the Cardinals? And was this a common feeling among fans, or just some bitter tea being poured by a certain Cardinals fan in New Mexico?

And concerning this rookie shortstop situation, here’s what I’ll do: I’ll have Benefiel come in as a defensive replacement in the August 5th game, then I’ll have him start on August 6th. If he and the Cards catch fire, maybe Tempy can join Wally Pipp in the benchwarming annals of baseball history.

TB

From: Steve P
To: Todd B
Date: 12/17/14  7:14 pm
Subject: The Wiz

This is what I was referring to – although this article makes it sound much more pleasant than I remember . . . Mostly it was his agent, but he looked bad complaining about it in interviews also.

“Off the field, conflict developed between Padres’ ownership and the combination of Smith and his agent, Ed Gottlieb. The parties entered into a contract dispute before the 1980 season, and when negotiations lasted into spring training, the Padres renewed Smith’s contract at his 1979 salary of $72,500 Smith’s agent told the Padres the shortstop would forgo the season to race in the Tour de France, despite the fact Smith admitted to The Break Room on 96.5 WCMF in Rochester, NY he had never heard of the Tour. Angered by the Padres’ attitude during those contract talks, Gottlieb took out a help-wanted ad in the San Diego Union, part of which read, “Padre baseball player wants part-time employment to supplement income.” When Joan Kroc, wife of Padres owner Ray Kroc, publicly offered Smith a job as an assistant gardener on her estate, Smith and Gottlieb’s relationship with the organization deteriorated further.”

SP

– Got any hats? I’m wearing mine now.

Dogs

From: Todd B
To: Steve P
Date: 12/17/14  7:50 pm
Subject: The Wizard of Ass

I don’t remember that situation at all, but I can see why the Padres were tired of his money-grubbing ass, and shipped him off. Makes me like Joan Kroc a bit more, too…pretty funny with the gardening offer.

And no freaking hat yet, either! I ordered mine a day before you did, and I still haven’t received it. I check the mail every day, too. I also checked their website, which states 2-14 days for items to arrive after shipment. Mine will probably take 14…months.

Go Cats!

TB

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