Starting Silva backfires on Venezuela

With Felix Hernandez as an option, Sojo's risky decision dooms chances

Originally Published: March 21, 2009
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

LOS ANGELES -- After he had answered every tepid question, even going so far as to bounce back and forth like a giant pinball from television camera to television camera, Venezuelan manager Luis Sojo was approached by several reporters individually on Saturday before his team's 10-2 semifinal loss to Korea.

Each had the same question.

"So why are you starting Carlos Silva instead of Felix Hernandez?" each reporter asked.

Sojo smiled and responded each time, "He's been my best ...

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