The only way I can understand the A's letting Kendall hit in the bottom of the 7th of a tie game last night with a runner at third and one out is that Kendall must have a hostage somewhere in the basement of his home that he has threatened to kill if the A's upset him. After all, it's not as if there is a worse player on the face of the earth in that situation, a player with a lower batting average, a player less likely to hit a ball far enough into the outfield to get that run home. So, because I'm going to assume the A's actually want to win games but are willing to intentionally lose games in such a way as to not upset Jason Kendall, presumably there is a conspiracy going on. Because if there's isn't a conspiracy going on, then that was the worst game management I have seen from the A's ... in history. Mystery message to Geren: Kendall completely sucks! Got it? If not, you might want to look at, you know, some statistics or something, in case your mind is inadvertently telling you: Kendall? Long fly ball here scores the run. Yup, I'm counting on it!
Perhaps the only worse game management I have ever seen from the A's came ... one inning later, when, with runners on first and second and nobody out and Chavez at the plate, the A's ... let Chavez "hit." Fosse and Kuiper noted how strange it was that the Royals seemed to be assuming that Chavez would bunt. How silly of the Royals! They were wrongly assuming that the A's knew that Chavez sucks in the clutch and sucks against lefties and would therefore bunt the winning run over to third! In the bottom of the 8th inning of a tie game! Silly Royals ... the A's had other plans and of course Chavvy had a horrible at bat even before watching stupidly as strike three flew right by him. The announcers at first thought the pitch caught the edge, but then had to concede with the benefit of instant replay ... that the ball went right down the middle of the plate. Where, exactly, would the ball have had to go to get Chavez to, you know, swing in that situation? It just makes you sick. And then of course Bradley followed with a fly ball that would have scored the run, Street not Duke would have pitched the 9th ... just ridiculous. It's hard to avoid believing, truly believing, that there are things the A's value more than winning. Among these are "honoring" the "proud" Kendall, and trying to prevent Chavvy from understanding that we all know, and have long known, that when the game is on the line he completely sucks.
Finally another call out to that idiot Ray Fosse. Hey, Ray, regarding Kendall: shut up! He sucks! I mean, when Kendall comes up in that situation ... is it really taboo to ask out loud if the A's might be wise to hit for Kendall? Did that simply not occur to you? Because I'm waiting to hear a pinch hitter announced, and waiting, and then, I can't believe it, up steps that stiff Kendall. If you are paid to provide "color", isn't it appropriate at that moment to at least wonder why the worst hitter in all of baseball is allowed to hit in that situation? Hey, Shannon Stewart ... great pinch hit for Kendall in the 9th! Too bad it didn't matter! Almost makes you wish, you know, you'd hit for him in the 8th...
This is really getting ridiculous. Exactly what does Kendall have to do to lose his job?