There's going to be mountains of coverage of the suicide squeeze today, so I'll keep my relatively average strategic insights to a minimum. For the record -- and I don't think this surprises anyone -- I am against that kind of strategy in that situation for all of the reasons you might expect. That said:
1) Though I am a fellow traveller, I hope we can all agree that statheads tend to come off their worst when they're really hitting the "Wow, how stupid was THAT" card. So, while I won't disagree with any of that kind of analysis today, I do hope the snark is kept to minimum. Scioscia may have made the wrong call, but he has made a lot of right ones over the years, and it strikes me that the eve of the ALCS is not the appropriate time to launch a reducation-of-smallball-lovers campaign; and
2) Even those of us who would never have called a squeeze play in that situation should probably acknowledge that, had it worked, we'd be spending a lot of time talking about how ballsy Scioscia was. It was still ballsy, even in failure, just as it still would have been the wrong move, even if it had succeeded. Above all else, there is a certain, tattered nobility in sticking to one's guns in situations like that even if it ultimately proves fatal.