It’s not often I go non-Cardinals on this blog, but wow–who would have guessed that Mike Mussina would finally pick up win #20 a year after he looked completely done? I don’t think a third of an inning has ever helped an uninvolved player’s Hall candidacy more than the one that saw Mariano Rivera come in and strike out Dustin Pedroia with a one run lead.
Did that outcome make Mussina’s game–his 5:1 K:BB ratio season, his 270 win career–any better than it would have been had Pedroia socked a home run? Will that object lesson teach the BBWAA anything? Well–uh, needless to say I’m glad he got #20.