Macha explains Bush-Kendall pairing

Mike Rivera had the same reaction to today’s starting lineup as many fans might have. He thought it was a mistake.

Rivera was preparing for his usual pairing with Saturday starter Dave Bush when manager Ken Macha posted a lineup with Jason Kendall at catcher. Macha paired Rivera with Bush this season to give Kendall more regular rest, but said team off days two days before and two days after Saturday’s game meant Kendall didn’t need the break.

“I’m going to wait for my turn,” a disappointed Rivera said.

Macha insisted that the switch had nothing to do with Bush’s recent struggles, which continued Saturday with five runs in just three innings.

Bush admitted after his last start that he was “out of sync.” Did Rivera think that had anything to do with the way he was calling games?

“I don’t think so,” Rivera said. “Everybody is going to have ups and downs. … We’ve been good. We’ve been on the same page at the same time.”

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Oh about fightaders shakading hands and embracading after aa0fight, Ia0guess you need to take it in their conadtext to rellay get aa0sense of what’s ita0about.You’re right about respect. But basiadcally, it’s respect not just for the winner but for the other fighter as well. Ia0see it more as an acknowladedgeadment to your oppoadnent for having the heart and the skill to step into the ring (in the UFC, it’s actuadally an “octagon&quot. It’s also aa0sign of proadfesadsionadaladism, that their keepading the fight inside the ring. In most cases, you can say it’s their veradsion of “just busiadness, nothading personal”.It also helps to know who these fightaders are. The UFC, for examadple, has aa0realadity show called Ultiadmate Fighter wherein they pick the best up-and-coming fightaders and have them trained by curadrent chamadpiadons and leadading conadtenders. So at the end of the show, they get aa0top new fighter that might evenadtuadally end up having to fight the very guy that trained him. So as you can see, it’s not uncomadmon to see aa0young fighter fight his idol, or even aa0long-time legend. Win or lose, you’d see those fightaders showading respect to their oppoadnents. And it’s even more touchading, Ia0must say, when you see long-time fightaders and even hall-of-famers accept defeat from younger fightaders with such class and proadfesadsionadaladism , someadtimes even hearading them say things like “This is the kind of new genaderadaadtion fightaders that I’d like to see rise all the way to the top.” It rellay makes you underadstand why fans have so much respect for them even after they retire.

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