From Sam Miller at ESPN.com on October 5, 2016:
If there’s one thing to take away from how the Orioles’ Buck Showalter managed the wild-card game Tuesday, it’s that you should call your mom right now and tell her you love her — or your spouse, or your son or daughter, or your best friend. Don’t put it off, and don’t wait for just the right time. Even if you don’t normally call your mom at work and remind her on an idle Wednesday that you love her, that’s OK. She’ll still be thrilled to hear from you. When you get to the bottom of your 11th inning, when you get to the “Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in relief” moment of your life, you don’t want to be the person who hoarded all of your I-love-yous.
Or, to put this another way: Let’s go through Tuesday’s game, out by out, and see whether it would have been a good time for Showalter to have picked up the phone, asked for Zach Britton and told him that he loves him and/or would like to bring him in to pitch.
Read the full article here: http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/17720945/when-buck-showalter-used-zach-britton-orioles-wild-card-loss
Originally published: October 5, 2016. Last Updated: October 5, 2016.