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How important is knowing when to pull a pitcher? Just ask Grady Little about the consequences of waiting too long.

Originally Published: May 10, 2004
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

It's a scene that won't seem to leave our brains:

Oct. 16, 2003. Yankee Stadium. Eighth inning. ALCS, Game 7. Grady Little gives Pedro Martinez a go-get-'em pat on the arm, turns and heads back for the dugout.

It's more than six months later now. But in our minds, Grady Little is still out there. And in our minds, we still ask ourselves: What would we have done?

For managers and the pitchers they manage, this is the question: Take him out, or leave him in?

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