Edwards play an acoustic show at the Seven Steps Up

LAKE, MI – Legendary folk-rock artist Edwards take the stage Lake on 15 and 16. Edwards play an acoustic Oscar Lindberg Jersey show at the Seven Steps Up, a former Masonic -turned-music venue located at 116 S. St. The concert is hosted by the venue’s music promotions division, Run Amok Promotions. Edwards is best-known for his hit, a popular Vietnam War protest that was released the early 70s. Since then, he has been writing and performing, playing about 60 to 80 shows a year, he said. Edwards said he play both new and old songs. I do all the ones that people know me for, he said. I also bring a bunch of new songs that I want people to hear. Those new songs include selections from his latest album, Keep. The record is his first studio recording 14 years. IF YOU GO. Edwards • When: Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16 at 7 p.m. both nights • Where: Seven Steps Up, 116 S. St., Lake • Admission: $32 Advance, $36 Door. Private tables are $180 for 4 ; Advance tickets can be Phil Esposito Jersey purchased at • Information: Visit the Run Amok Promotions’ website or call Seven Steps Up at 678 or Run Amok Promotions at 557 Edwards said his brand of music attracts people who are looking for alternatives to the processed, digital sounds that are prevalent today’s music. People come to hear acoustic music without digital effects, without digital loops or samples or drum riffs, he said, just a speaking honestly of his view of life and relationships and the world. He added, And I think it’s a real genuine need people have this digital age. The Edwards performances are part of Run Amok Promotions’ Pin Drop Concert series, which features acoustic music from different genres. According to the Run Amok’s website, the idea behind the Pin Drop shows is to allow concertgoers to fully appreciate the performers and their music. Patrons are asked to refrain from talking during the performances, which take place small room filled with 110 padded chairs. The furthest seat is less than 35 feet away from the stage, organizers said a press release. Doors open at 5 p.m. for both shows, but the concerts start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32 advance and $36 at the door. Private tables for four people are $180 and include tickets for each person. Check out Edwards’ hit the video below:

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The Arbor University baseball team continued to move the right direction after sweeping College on Tuesday at home Mid-Central College Conference play. The Cougars beat 3 and 8 to improve to 11 overall and 6 the MCC. the first game, Arbor scored all the runs it needed the second inning. Kolb drove two runs on a double, and Lumen High School graduate Maverick Nichols later drove Kolb on a single to right field. the second game, the Cougars led 3 before adding five more runs over the fourth and fifth innings. Blanco drove three runs with three hits, including two doubles, and Justin Forster and Brown each added two hits for Arbor. We pitched it very well and again played really good defense, Arbor coach Riggleman said of his team, which has committed just one error its last six. We had some timely hitting and we’ve been working on that, but it wasn’t easy day to play. There was a lot of bite the wind. Blanco picked up the win on the mound the first game, and Ferris picked up his third win of the the second game with seven strikeouts. The Cougars next play a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Thursday at Siena Heights before returning to MCC play with a doubleheader Saturday at. We’re getting our four starting pitchers solidified, and from offensive standpoint, we’re getting better as the year progresses, Riggleman said. My was that we would be able to make some headway this week, and this was a great start for us.

With Bruce Bochy one game away from winning his third World Series championship as the skipper of the Giants, some pundits are predicting that the manager one day end up the Hall of Fame. At the very least though, he could be a good replacement for Thornton a remake of. Before San ‘s Game 5 victory against the Royals, a few Giants players — including Posey, Ryan Vogelsong, and — showed off their best Bochy impressions. gave a particularly passionate French fried potaters reading: – Sports: MLB October 26 What do you think, should we help fund a stage adaptation of starring Bochy?

Ludicrous doesn’t even begin to describe it

Menu To hear some people baseball talk, they have to hold a benefit to make sure has enough left his bank account for retirement. All right, there isn’t. would have to spend money like Mike his heyday to burn through the $120 million the Phillies Ali Marpet Jersey pay him over the next five years. Still, the buzz seemed more about what he turned down from the New Yankees than the contract with the Phillies that guarantees he be incredibly for a time to come. The talk be louder because the guy who just left the Phillies grabbed every dollar he could to join a losing team. Argue Werth’s talents all you want, but there’s no way he is worth $126 million, regardless of how ludicrous baseball contracts have gotten. And ludicrous they are. The numbers are staggering we might as well be talking about Monopoly money as the real thing. And now is being held up by some as a shining example of someone not motivated by greed. This, after signing his name to the bottom of a contract that pay him average of $24 million a year. To throw a baseball.

Ludicrous doesn’t even begin to describe it. was Philadelphia on Wednesday explaining what he plans to do for the Phillies for that kind of money. He wasn’t specific, but here’s hoping that Phillies fans get more than the 12 wins he managed to scratch together for two teams last year. I was on the phone to the Save the Children Connecticut, wondering what that kind of money could do for them. It is the giving, of course, and 10 people have contributed to their current Gifts of campaign. They gave average of $52, which doesn’t sound like much the universe. But when $40 buys malaria tents for four and $50 pays for basic tools for health care workers impoverished countries, it can go a way.

For $120 you can bring a community a bicycle, said Loehr, vice president of resource development for Save the Children. That’s their ambulance, how they transport sick children from remote villages to health clinics. So what could ‘s money do? Well, let’s count the ways. For what make to pitch one game, the – which is active Alterraun Verner Jersey 120 countries – could help save the lives of 10 malnourished children by providing them with specially formulated peanut paste for eight weeks they gain weight and get stronger. For what he be paid to pitch just one inning, the could buy 4 newborn care packages to help prevent infants from dying within the first 24 hours of birth. For the money makes to get one out, a complete school could be built Mali, a country Western Africa that is one of the poorest the world. Each school can be built for $42 including three classrooms, latrines for boys and girls, and books. We can educate a girl for entire year for $65, Loehr said. It takes little to be able to bring education to the world’s poorest children.

Spend ‘s money closer to home and the left-behind $30 million could provide healthy snacks for a half million kids living poverty the United States. I’m not picking on, who is simply the latest poster player for what ails sports. It’s a seller’s market baseball and anyone who can sell themselves for $120 million certainly has the right to do. But I’m also not going to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize for leaving behind a pile of money. His salary is still far out of whack with that of paying fans, even had to acknowledge that much. It’s plenty of money, he said. When you hit a certain point, enough is enough. On that, at least, we can agree. ____ Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at.

Deflated balls are not the reason has enjoyed such a phenomenal career

If cheating did take place then the Patriots must be punished, regardless of the fact that their offence occurred a lopsided game. But equally we should not lose perspective. Deflated balls are not the reason has enjoyed such a phenomenal career. He is extraordinary player and perhaps even more extraordinary personality. He did not get here because he was blessed with greater physical tools than most other NFL quarterbacks but because he worked obsessively to make himself better than all of them. He got lucky, too, by landing with Belichick New England. ‘s legacy forever be intertwined with that of his head coach, whose own status as one of the greatest coaches of all time was consolidated on night.

I don’t like snapping the Chris Clemons Jersey ball when I think there is going to be a bad play, said at his final media session before the game last week. He knows how fortunate he has been to work with a coach who does not put him that position all that often. Neither was interested talking about legacies on evening. Those are conversations to be had at the end of a career, and has made it clear that he intends to play on for a while yet. the sublime silence of the Patriots’ winning locker room, the quarterback was most likely already thinking about what he and his team could do to make sure they stay on top again next year.
Menu made 28 saves to record his 30th career shutout as the Vancouver Canucks beat the struggling Edmonton Oilers 2 on Friday night. Radim Vrbata and Sedin scored for the Canucks, who got their -opening third straight win. improved to 9 his career Chris Matthews Jersey against Edmonton. The Oilers are winless five for their worst start franchise history. The Canucks got on the scoreboard with four minutes left the second period as Sedin made a nice pass through the goal-mouth to a wide-open Vrbata on the other side of the net for his third goal of the.

Sedin then added empty-netter the final minute. made made a big blocker stop on Nugent-Hopkins, who came on a short-handed breakaway, about 2 2 minutes into the second period. then made another huge stop on a backhander tight by Hendricks a few minutes later. Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens, who also finished with 28 saves, responded midway through the second with a big save on a deflection by Higgins.

Greg Cosell’s Week 2 review: Sam Bradford was simply outstanding

The Minnesota Vikings traded for Sam Bradford and after about two weeks with the team — I’m guessing he had seven practices at most — they decided to start him against the Green Bay Packers.

And Bradford was outstanding.

LeGarrette Blount: He’s on pace for 408 carries, and while that will regress moving forward, expect another heavy workload in Week 3 with New England set to start either Jacoby Brissett or a hobbled Jimmy Garoppolo. Blount still offers zero as a receiver, but there’s 10-12 touchdown upside as the lead back in this offense, and his ADP didn’t come close to reflecting that.

Phillip Dorsett: If Donte Moncrief were to miss time with his shoulder injury, Dorsett becomes an immediate WR2 for fantasy purposes, especially in Week 3, as the Chargers/Colts over/under is 52 points. Dorsett is owned in just 42% of Yahoo leagues, and he could be a major difference maker should he enter Indy’s starting lineup.

“They shot and killed a man and walked around like it wasn’t a human being,” Kapernick told the San Francisco Chronicle. “People are being killed and not even being treated as human beings. No one went and checked on him, no one tried to resuscitate him. Nothing. They walked around, went about their business and made up lies to cover up the murder they just committed. That’s not right and they should be in prison for that.”

Kaepernick isn’t just kneeling during the anthem, he is speaking out about his cause and also donating to it. He pledged to give $1 million to different organizations, and told reporters on Tuesday he will give $100,000 per month for 10 months and a website will track which organizations his donations go to.

Here are other overreactions following Week 2:

OVERREACTION: The Browns are going 0-16. They couldn’t even win after taking a 20-0 lead at home against Baltimore.

REALISTIC REACTION: This will lead the list until Cleveland wins a game – in 2016 or 2017.

Texans DE J.J. Watt doesn’t plan to play any differently after surgery

HOUSTON — Though Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is recovering from back surgery, he insists nothing will change about the way he plays this season.

“I don’t think you are going to see any difference in games,” Watt said. “You wouldn’t notice anything different on game day and how I approach it. I am going to try and play every single play. I am going to play as hard as I possibly can.”

But though he will play just as hard, Watt said he will train smarter. “Where the change is going to come is in the offseason workouts, in the practice week and how I structure it and how I handle it,” Watt said. “I’ve gotten smarter. I’ve learned more about how to deal with my body and I’ve learned that I can’t just keep pounding, pounding, pounding and grinding through everything.

“I need to be smarter about what I do. I have a good plan in place now. I feel really good. Obviously, I have fresh legs right now. I’m going to carry this through the season.”

Watt, who is expected to play in the season opener Sunday against the Chicago Bears, said he feels like he can do “anything and everything” he is asked to do. “I feel no limitations whatsoever,” Watt said. “My body feels a lot better than it did the whole second half of last year. I’m a guy that likes to play every play. I’m a guy that likes to go out there and do whatever I can to help the team win. If they let me do that, great. If they put a play count on me, I’ll fight it as hard as I can.”

The turning point came during Super Bowl week in San Francisco, Watt said. Watt had been having a hard time getting out of bed and moving around. Watt said he and the Texans’ coordinator of rehabilitation, Roland Ramirez, had been working on an aggressive approach to his rehab, but he was not seeing a lot of progress.

“Ramirez and I had been working on something for a little while, and we’d been trying this method out and it really wasn’t showing a lot of results,” Watt said. “And one morning I woke up and all of a sudden, one thing I hadn’t been able to do since the surgery was lift my right leg straight up in the air. … And that morning I did it. I called him right away and sent him a video and I was like, ‘look.’ And so then I got up and tried some other stuff, and I actually did up-downs in the room, right there and I sent him a video of it. And I was like, dude, it worked.

“Everything that we did worked. And from that point forward, as soon as you get that little bit of light, it’s full steam ahead, and that’s what’s awesome.”

Watt had a second surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. Watt said after going through that first surgery in January, the second procedure was much easier to get through.

Colts’ Vontae Davis week-to-week with right ankle sprain

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — If Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman gets an extra step on a cornerback for a touchdown catch, it could be the result of dropping some pounds this offseason.

The lost weight didn’t come from a diet or increased exercise. It was a haircut.

The Colts plan to work out cornerback Antonio Cromartie, an NFL source said, confirming a report by the Indianapolis Star.

Cromartie was released by the New York Jets earlier this offseason, ending his return to the franchise after just one season.

Cromartie, 32, struggled in 2015, allowing a team-high seven touchdown passes, according to Pro Football Focus. He acknowledged at midseason that he wasn’t playing up to his standard.

In 15 games, Cromartie failed to record a single interception for the first time since his rookie season with the San Diego Chargers, in 2006. He made 26 solo tackles and had one fumble recovery. He also was the Jets’ leading kickoff returner, averaging 25.1 yards per return.

The wedding planner for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and singer Ciara said the couple initially planned to get married in North Carolina but changed locations because of the state’s transgender bathroom law.

“I did the whole thing — three times,” wedding planner Mindy Weiss told The Knot. “They were first getting married in North Carolina, but they called it off due to the transgender bathroom laws. But it was really done.”

Wilson and Ciara were then going to move the wedding to Paris, but it was Fashion Week. They ended up getting married in London.

Wilson spoke last month about the responsibility of athletes to promote social change.

“Well, I think we all have a responsibility,” he said. “It’s not just on athletes, it’s not just on coaches, it’s not just on anybody in particular. It’s on all of us. I think ultimately it comes down to love and appreciating one another and respect for one another.

“It’s an appreciation for society, an appreciation for the country we live in, an appreciation for the towns and cities that we live in. Ultimately, it comes down to all of us to make sure we appreciate one another.”

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RENTON, Wash. – Veteran defensive lineman Tony McDaniel has been out of work since the end of last season, but thanks in part to Snapchat, he now has a job with the Seattle Seahawks.

“[Seahawks director of pro personnel] Dan Morgan and I got into a text message exchange,” Canter said. “I said to them last week, ‘Hey, Tony’s going to be in town. It’s a free workout. Worst-case scenario, you bring him in, he looks like crap, he stays home. You don’t even have to pay for a flight.’ ”

Not after three successive struggles for Mike Krzyzewski’s squad.

Not after three very jittery fourth quarters in a row against teams from Australia, Serbia and France that really look like t-e-a-m-s.

“Obviously everybody wants us to win by a lot of points, but it’s not how it’s gonna go this time,” Team USA star forward Kevin Durant conceded Sunday after Tony Parker-less France refused to cave and fell just shy of a momentous upset in a 100-97 escape for the Yanks in these teams’ Group A finale.

“We’ve gotta be prepared for a grind-out game,” Durant continued. “I think we showed the last three games we can grind it out.”

Malik McDowell, on NFL draft: ‘If I’m not top three, I don’t leave’ Mich. St.

“The teammates I have the on-field stuff we do, the off-field stuff we do. Just good people around me. I can’t complain.”

As it stands now, sites like Walter Football, CBS Sports and the Big Lead have McDowell slotted at No. 12, while Sports Illustrated has him at No. 25. Mel Kiper, meanwhile, currently has the junior at No. 6 on his Big Board.

It’s easy for McDowell, whose name litters numerous preseason All-Amrican teams coming off a season in which he was named first-team All-Big Ten by a handful of organizations, to make such a statement in early August. Whether he makes the same claim come December and January is another matter entirely.

HOUSTON — Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler responded Monday to Broncos general manager John Elway’s comments that he was surprised that the quarterback seemed “bent out of shape” to be replaced by Peyton Manning in last season’s regular-season finale against the Chargers.

Although Osweiler answered when asked about Elway’s comments, he made it clear he was more interested in talking about his current team.

“The only thing I would say is what kind of competitor wouldn’t want to play in that situation?” Osweiler said. “Outside of that, I think I’ve answered all of those questions, we’re now in August, we just had a great training camp practice and I’m excited to play the 49ers coming up.”

New England Patriots

Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Bill Belichick and Sean Payton. Malcolm Butler and Brandin Cooks. The Patriots welcome the Saints to town for joint practices, marking the fourth time in the past six years they’ve done so, and there is no shortage of storylines. These teams have a productive working relationship. Here’s one storyline to follow: Third-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has had some rocky moments in each of the past three practices; does that continue against a Saints defense that is trying to turn things around after a forgettable 2015 season? — Mike Reiss

New York Jets

The Jets have an emerging right tackle issue. With starter Breno Giacomini (back) on the physically unable to perform list, and with no experienced backups, the Jets are monitoring other rosters for players who might shake free. Brent Qvale and Ben Ijalana are splitting reps, but neither one has allayed the team’s concerns. Giacomini, himself a marginal starter, has been dealing with back problems since the spring. — Rich Cimini

Long-time Packer favorite John Kuhn signing with Saints

Kuhn, 33, was still living in Green Bay and said last month that he was hoping for a chance to play for either the Packers or another team.

“At this point in my career, I want to play because I still enjoy it, I still love it, I’m still in shape, I’m still ready to go,” Kuhn said last month in an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I [just] want to be on a team that I think can go somewhere and do some damage.”

The Saints’ primary fullback, Austin Johnson, suffered an unspecified injury in practice this week.

The Saints had only one other fullback on their roster: undrafted rookie Sione Houma. Fullback is a part-time position in their offense, and New Orleans often uses a tight end in the role. The team went four weeks last season without a fullback on the active roster.

Atlanta Falcons

1-10 percent: Matt Ryan looked to be on a much better track earlier in his career by virtue of Atlanta’s steady success, but he has spent the past three seasons playing on a losing team while posting a 105 NY/A+, roughly what Matthew Stafford has done over the same time span. With three Pro Bowls by 30, Ryan really needs an MVP or a Super Bowl and a few big years to reopen his candidacy. … Desmond Trufant is one of the best cornerbacks in football nobody ever talks about, but he’s years away from making a real case.

Julio Jones has put everything together over the past couple of seasons and produced a pair of dominant campaigns. His two-year totals add up to 240 catches, 3,464 yards and 14 touchdowns. The 2015 season was his first as a first-team All-Pro, though, and the long-term concerns surrounding his surgically repaired foot make it difficult to project him as a star for another decade. On talent alone, Jones is there, but his longevity remains in question. 35 percent

Dwight Freeney appeared to have his Hall run peter out from 2012 to 2014, when he accrued just nine sacks over a three-year stretch with the Colts and Chargers after averaging 10 per season before that. It appeared his career was done, but Freeney suddenly returned to form with eight sacks in 11 games for the Cardinals last season. The Falcons desperately need an edge rusher, so if Freeney can maintain that form with Atlanta, another season or two of production might be enough to get the seven-time Pro Bowler over the hump.

The Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a backup quarterback.

When you have coach Jason Garrett taking snaps at age 50 in training camp, you know it’s bleak.

However, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Dallas isn’t rushing to fill that veteran spot behind Tony Romo and the team will overturn every rock before making the best move.

With Brett Favre set to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, it’s only natural that the man known for un-retiring would be asked if he might want to don the Cowboys’ No. 4 (sorry, Dak Prescott), right?

Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher BABIPs built to last?

The Mariners and Cardinals have the sixth- and seventh-lowest BABIPs, respectively, yet both teams are among the four worst defenses as measured by UZR/150. This is a particularly alarming development for Felix Hernandez and Carlos Martinez, especially since both are ground ball pitchers, and both team’s infields have struggled defensively. Hernandez has looked better in his last two starts, pitching with better control, but if the Mariners’ defense doesn’t improve, it might be for naught. Somehow, Hernandez has papered over his earlier struggles with a .239 BABIP, but an upward correction to that rate could overshadow any progress that he makes on his walk rate.

Martinez has not been getting swings and misses in the way he did last season, and his aversion to whiffing has intensified lately. He has induced only seven swings-and-misses in his last two starts. That trend is a troubling one for someone pitching in front of a porous defense.

Perhaps no pitcher is more deserving of a red flag than Matt Wisler. Though far from universally owned in CBSSports.com leagues, Wisler’s ownership rate is now a healthy 45 percent, as owners are starting to buy into his 3.14 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. His strong flyball tendencies should lead him to a lower-than-average BABIP, but a .224 rate goes a bit too far, especially given that the Braves have not had good defenders in the outfield corners.

The Cubs have the second-highest UZR/150 in the majors, but their staff’s .254 BABIP can’t be chalked up to great “D” alone. Jake Arrieta (.203 BABIP) and Jon Lester (.256 BABIP) have overperformed, but they will still be Fantasy aces when correction comes. John Lackey (.264 BABIP) may not be so lucky, especially as the season wears on, and he sees less of teams like the Braves, Padres and Reds.

As Heath mentioned in his piece, the potential for a chronically-high BABIP for Sonny Gray makes it hard to pursue him as a buy-low candidate, but he’s not the only early-rounder with that status. Even if Dallas Keuchel can get hitters to chase pitches out of the zone like he did last season, he could continue to suffer as a result of hits on balls in play. Keuchel is still good at inducing grounders, but the Astros’ strong outfield defense won’t be of much assistance. Their infield has been far less dependable, and there may not be much hope for Keuchel to reduce the .264 batting average he is allowing on ground balls. Even if Colin Moran supplants Luis Valbuena at third base, don’t expect an upgrade large enough to salvage Keuchel’s BABIP.

Just two years ago, the Indians had one of the worst defenses in the majors, but now they have one of the best. They are particularly strong in the infield, and that could only benefit Corey Kluber. Opponents are hitting just .205 against him on ground balls, and if he can lower his 23.4 percent line drive rate, he could sustain a lower-than-average BABIP rate.

The pitcher who may stand to gain the most Fantasy relevance thanks to his outfield is merely a stash option for now. A.J. Griffin (shoulder) could still be at least a couple of weeks away from getting activated, but as a fly-ball pitcher with a strong defensive outfield behind him, a .237 BABIP doesn’t look as unsustainable as it would for any pitcher not named Chris Young. If Griffin can rediscover the good control he had prior to Tommy John surgery, he could improve on an already-low 1.13 WHIP. Even though he’s on the DL, it’s worth checking in on Griffin’s price (or claiming him off waivers) and stashing him.

Earlier this season, I wrote that the Braves shouldn’t fire obvious lame-duck manager Fredi Gonzalez because it wouldn’t really accomplish anything. I stand by that. He’s playing the few prospect-type players they have every day and otherwise has a stale roster that isn’t equipped to win. The fact that he got fired Tuesday doesn’t really accomplish anything, outside maybe some PR to please the few disgruntled fans who are still paying attention this season.

That doesn’t mean I think he’s a great manager who should never have been fired, however. In fact, I count at least three other specific dates where it made a lot more sense to fire Gonzalez than right now. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane.

Gonzalez was coming off a season in which his Braves went 96-66 and won the NL East by 10 games. You can’t fire a guy coming off that, right? Well, we need to look at the context. The Nationals completely tanked that season and the rest of the NL East was terrible. In and of itself, Gonzalez couldn’t help that. His team merely took advantage.

Still, egregious playoff mishaps can lead to change for the better. Just ask the 2003-04 Boston Red Sox. This wasn’t exactly Game 7 of the ALCS for an at-the-time tortured franchise, but it was still pretty bad:

David Carpenter had a very good season in 2013, but he’s not Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel was arguably the most dominant closer on the face of the Earth at the time, and he was left helplessly watching the defining moment of the Braves season:

Had the Braves won this game, they still might have lost the series. A win would’ve only tied the series, 2-2. The Braves were set to play that game at home, however, where they were 56-25 during the regular season, compared to 40-41 on the road. They would have also survived Clayton Kershaw, who worked on short rest in Game 4. Sure, they were set to face Zack Greinke, but they beat him in Game 2 at home.
Holding Kimbrel back for the flawed logic of “what if he can’t finish two innings?” is a mentality tied to a stat (the vaunted save) that has long needed to be changed. If Kimbrel can’t finish two, then you go to Carpenter. But don’t do it backward and lose with your best watching from the bullpen. Not with the season on the line. If you lose, you lose with your best.

I’d have fired Gonzalez for this, but not just because of one mistake. Instead, it would be due to wanting to hire a manager who isn’t so rigid as to think he has to “save” his closer to ensure he gets the last out of the game. That shouldn’t be the mindset in a do-or-die game and it could have — you never know! — cost them a World Series championship.

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