Posted at 12:40 PM on May 2, 2005
by Josh Lee
The Star Tribune closes its article on the end of Johan Santana's 17-game undefeated streak with a brief quote by Brad Radke. This is what he said:
It's too bad to see him lose in a game like this... We had a chance to score a run in the eighth and when Stew hit the homer, we could have gotten him a no-decision. But it was an impressive run.
This is what he was thinking:
Yeah, we all feel bad for Johan. Yeah, it's a bummer that the guys wasted a fine pitching performance by hitting into yet another inning-ending double play. We all know how little fun it is to sit in the dugout, watching helplessly as your hitters bop weak grounders all over the infield as if they were helping out at little league practice, then offer up a meaningless apology of a homer late in the game.
He'll get used to it, though. Ten years I've been getting bupkis for run support, and I can tell you, after a while, you just get used to the fact that a pitcher's defining stat is the one that's ultimately out of his control. One of these days, maybe they'll start judging pitchers based on stats that really reflect their abilities, like Earned Run Average (After the 1st Inning) or Opposing On-Base Percentage (After the 1st Inning) or Facial Hair Maintenance.
Bartolo Colon may have won last night's duel, but Santana can at least take solace in the fact that he's much prettier than Colon. Then again, blue-green algae is prettier than Colon.