Those of you who watched Game 5 of the World Series Monday night were likely left scratching your heads like the rest of us. With the game tied 2-2 in the eighth, Michael Young led off for the Rangers and ripped a double off Octavio Dotel. The hit prompted Tony La Russa to get on the phone with the bullpen immediately, but what transpired from that point on was bizarre to say the least.
After the phone call, left-hander Marc Rzepczynski began warming up in the bullpen. According to La Russa, he had asked for right-hander Jason Motte to begin warming at the same time but bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist apparently could not hear the request over the roar of the crowd. When La Russa realized Motte was not throwing alongside Rzepczynski, he called Lilliquist again to get Motte up. Once again, Lilliquist allegedly did not hear him correctly and instead thought La Russa asked for right-hander Lance Lynn to begin throwing.
“It’s just like any other park,” Lilliquist explained according to an MLB.com article. “You get a bunch of people and it’s loud and he wanted Motte going easy to back [Rzepczynski] up, and I thought I heard Lynn.”