“Ever since Game 6 was postponed Wednesday, the possibility of using Carpenter on short rest arose. But he had done poorly his only time pitching on three days in the NL Division Series and he already had topped 267 innings this year and he is 36 now; his elbow an achy mess earlier in these playoffs. So in the emotion after the 10-9, 11-inning triumph Thursday, La Russa tabled the Game 7 starting decision until after a night’s sleep.
“I called Dave in the morning,” La Russa said. “He said, ‘Carp’ and hung up on me. I said, ‘OK, it’s Carp.’ “” - My new favorite Dave Duncan / Tony La Russa story (via brighteryellow )
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