World Champion manager Jack McKeon is outraged that
the Red Sox are on the verge of canning Grady Little
because he plays hunches rather than relying on
statistics. ``If he uses hunches and can win 95 games,
maybe we should all start using hunches more,'' McKeon
told Jeff Horrigan of the Boston Herald. McKeon did
not entirely dismiss the statistical approach favored
by Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. ``Some people
believe in numbers and some don't. A lot of guys play
hunches, but I think it's a combination of both.
You've got to go with stats sometimes, but you can't
ignore your gut feeling. There's no set way.''
What were George Steinbrenner's actions immediately
following the Game 6 loss to the Marlins? He
lingered around the stadium and then issued a defiant
"yes" to a question about keeping manager Joe Torre
but was more cryptic regarding the fate of general
manager Brian Cashman. At least, Chuck Culpepper of
Newsday points out, he did not issue an apology to the
city of New York as he did when the team lost the
World Series to Los Angeles in 1981.
Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News longs for the
old Yankees -- not of the '30s, '40s, '50s or '70s, but
just three years ago. Would they have let this happen?
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