|Gross after getting tossed from a game on July 25th|
Gross obviously wanted Thursday night's game badly and he managed the eighth inning brilliantly -- as one would expect a playoff game to be managed. Part of it is that he finally has an 11-man pitching staff that he has confidence in, but Gross has definitely hit his stride as manager of the Seals. No longer content to sit by himself all game on the home plate side of the dugout, Gross now regularly walks through the dugout to relay instructions to his troops and provide encouragement. I'm also pretty sure I saw Kip smile as he took the long trek from the clubhouse to the home dugout last night. That's good to see, because Gross has done a wonderful job this season and he deserves to savour the moment.