In Game 6 of the 2003 World Series, Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon decided to roll the dice and start 23-year-old Josh Beckett on only three days' rest against the favored Yankees. The move was much debated in the press beforehand as many felt that it was too much pressure to put upon such a youngster to pitch a potential clinching game at Yankee Stadium. Yet Becket put together a masterpiece, shutting down the Yankees, winning the World Series and McKeon was rewarded for his aggressive decision.
Looking back, McKeon's decision was the not just gutsy but, in actuality, the only logical choice. If he had gone with another starter and lost, the likelihood of winning Game 7 on the road - even with Becket rested - would have been a far more daunting proposition and greater risk, as winning deciding games on the road is a rarity in the postseason. And the notion of inexperience being a significant factor is the most overhyped supposed negative.