can you imagine working for a big newspaper in Chicago,
sorta big, it’s the sun-times
and you get to go to the most beautiful park 100 times a year
and you are fundamentally against what makes the National League the National League?
to me that would be like being a bartender but not appreciating booze.
it’d be like saying you love women but would rather they be completely odorless
it’d be like being a librarian but you prefer the film adaptations.
we battled a little on twitter and he took offense when i told him that i was unfollowing him and then all of his fans piled on
and one by one i picked them off.
it was astounding how few of them really understood the nuance and truths about not just baseball
but strategy, pace, and how to score a run.
scoring runs, of course being the prime objective of baseball.
one guy told me that he liked the AL style that included the designated hitter because it sped up the games and created more runs.
i told him to find me the proof that the games were shorter in the AL than the NL
he conceded he was wrong.
so to reward him i showed him that the amount of runs scored in each league were virtually identical.
i even showed him a chart
more people defended the sun times reporter.
one guy asked me a ridiculous scenario where it was the first inning and the pitcher was due up, would i pinch hit? he said he would i said, “why? your team had batted around in the first. you’re doing great, why take out your pitcher for the hope of another hit even though the odds of a pinch hitter being successful is low?”
he was all, “well he has a better chance of a hit than a dumb pitcher!”
which is true but still inane. so i asked him about another scenario.
i said what would happen if its the bottom of the 7th, scoreless game, two no hitters until the Cubs #8 hitter smacks a double into the ivy.
one out, man on second, do you let your pitcher bat or do you yank him because now you have the best chance youve had all game to score… but if you yank him you are also pulling out a pitcher who is mesmerizing the opposite team?
he said, oh id let him bunt. its an obvious sacrifice bunt scenario.
i said is it? and i pulled out this Runs Expectancy chart like the nerd that i am that shows you have a .66 chance of scoring if you have a man on second with 1 out. but you only have a .35 chance of scoring if you have a runner on third with 2 outs.
so by bunting you are actually halving your chances, so you may as well let Kyle swing away and/or try to draw a walk… and make the pitcher waste valuable pitches.
all he could say was that the stats i provided were 5 years old (as if that matters) and any time he sees pitchers they stand there for three pitches and then walk to the bench.
it was then that i realized who i was talking with. and who this writer attracts. and that i was wasting my time with both of them and i should get back to actual work.
which i did
which i am nearly finished with.
which makes me very happy.
and tomorrow i will sell my OJ helmet.
to a very nice man who once used it in an art show.
and i will throw in an OJ football card.
everything must go.
im selling everything i own,
new year new you.