Originally Posted by RKMeibalane
What I remember most about Neal Cotts' time with the Sox is the game that he shouldn't have been pitching in. I am, of course, referring to the infamous Thursday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium (August 28, 2003
) that should have been started by Mark Buehrle, but Jerry "The Tinkerer" Manuel elected to start Cotts because he thought that the game was "a bigger deal for Buehrle than it was for (the White Sox)."
Manuel was harshly criticized for his decision throughout baseball, leading his comment that anyone who disagreed with him didn't understand baseball. He was fired a month later (too late, in the opinion of most people).
I seem to remember Buehrle wanting to pitch in Yankee Stadium since he'd never done it before and the Sox won the first two games so Manuel threw Cotts out there. Manuel had Buehrle pitch the next day at the Tigers, who would lose I think 114 games that season. Of course the Sox lost both of these games and lost the Sept. lead against the Twins. We have 2005, but 2003 is still one of the most disappointing Sox seasons of my lifetime.
Back to Cotts, I'm happy to see he's back in the big leagues and hope he sticks around a while. He always seemed like a good guy and I wish him the best.