Yes. I still despise the intentional walk. Harper’s historic and frustrating seven plate appearance, zero at-bat day was a good enough reason to gripe again.*
*Many people have written already to blame Dusty Baker for not hitting Daniel Murphy behind Harper. That’s fair.
Many people have written already to say it’s not fair to blame Cubs manager Joe Maddon for just doing what he believes is right to win. That’s fair too.
But I’m not saying either of those things. I’m talking about the intentional walk (and really all pitch arounds) in a bigger sense.