Yes, he would have to honored first _ after being awakened and told it was the bottom of the ninth.
Now, the only question is what is considered "reasonable." Anything that starts with the numeral "2" is not reasonable.
What say we look at Darvish's other World Series start, also of 1 2/3 innings, four earned runs. That's eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. I'm not saying he's not a good pitcher. But how has he done on the biggest stage? Isn't that why you sign somebody for big money, for just that moment?
The only "make or break" part of this is that Wong not break anything and stay off the disabled list. He played only 108 games, or two-thirds of a season, last year.
I'm afraid the NL will go to the DH in a few years. But I agree that this is some adventure in watching some of the Cardinals' defense at first base.
I do not. Most managers do not last 10 years with the same team.
The Oquendo hiring _ or re-hiring _ has its merits on many fronts. He is an aggressive, yet savvy, third-base coach. His hands-on fielding instruction can only help an erratic defense. And he is a good sounding board for young players, especially Latin players.
You mention names but you don't mention price and years. It would be foolish to say that they haven't investigated the possibility of signing any of the above. But not for four years and maybe not even for three. When you invest in something like that, you want that player to be a prominent pitcher for several years and not taking up space after one year or so because they have kids on the rise. If we're talking about a couple of years for a starter, that might be a different story.
Wong has Gold in his future if he make the routine play as routinely as he makes the spectacular one.
I'm not a big fan of trading a position player for a pitcher, especially someone who can be a free agent after the season.
I think this assessment isn't fair to Wacha, who is 45-30 in his career, and who would in any team's rotation.