When your team is smack-dab in the middle of a pennant race and you literally help put two runs on the board for the opposing team, it's time to either get your head out of your rear or ride the bench.
Do slump busters work for fielding too?
Atlanta Braves second baseman Brooks Conrad committed not one, not two, but THREE ERRORS during his team's 3-2 loss on Sunday to the San Francisco Giants, who are now ahead 2-1 in the series and threatening to eliminate Bobby Cox's last hope for a World Series title.
Conrad bobbled a grounder in the first, dropped a piece-of-cake pop-up in the second that scored a run, and then he made the most embarrassing fielding error of all: a ground ball rolled through the guy's legs in the ninth inning of a tie ballgame. Right through the wickets to allow the winning run.
Luis Castillo, who once upon a time bragged a big league-record errorless streak for second basemen of 143 games (which ended on a routine play) totally dropped the ball Friday night.
With two gone in the bottom of the ninth during the first game of the Subway Series against the New York Yankees, Castillo botched a routine pop-up in short right field off the bat of Alex Rodriguez. This allowed the tying and winning runs to score, thus ending the New York Mets wild, back-and-forth game by a score of 9-8. Just like that.
Aaron Miles, replacement to bellicose World Series MVP David Eckstein, does.
The switch-hitting shortstop, no bigger than 5'8" and 185 pounds soaking wet, made two throwing errors and screwed up an easy fielding play in the seventh inning Saturday as the St. Louis Cardinals lost a 7-6 heart-breaker to the San Francisco Giants.