Awesome win! OK, now my favorite topic:
Given the crap ARod gets for failing in the clutch, can you even imagine what the NY media would do to Chavvy? As bad as Chavvy has always been in the clutch, as HORRIBLE as he's always been, isn't he, you know, getting worse?
I serously think Billy needs to hire a sports psychologist to work with Chavvy so he doesn't walk to every important at bat with an 0-2 count, usually the result of swinging at a pitch out of the strike zone and then swinging at a pitch that would have been called a ball. And the other thing Billy needs to do is my going-on-five-years recommendation of batting Chavvy 8th in the lineup.
Why 8th? Because Chavvy is a terrific hitter without any pressure on him. He gets most of his extra base hits in meaningless at bats, so maybe if the A's batter him 8th he would think of every at bat as being meaningless and he would be awesome. Long ago the Brewers had the same issue with Gorman Thomas. A head case like Chavvy, he hit like crazy when they dropped him into the 8 spot.
It's no wonder Chavvy didn't leave Oakland like the rest of the young studs on this team. He knew the heat in every other kichen would just be too hot. Walnut Creek is about all the action he can handle. The guy's the most amazing fielding third baseman I think I've ever seen (I'm too young to remember Brooks well...), and I take nothing away from his value as a terrific fielder.
But Chavvy can't hit, and unlike most players of his age, he seems to get slowly worse; not slowly better.