If you were curious about Charlie Brown’s composite baseball statistics Wezen-Ball has calculated them for you. They’ve taken the time to go through 2 decades of Peanuts comics to provide a detailed analysis of the 60s and 70s. It’s glorious and compulsive documentation. I approve.V
Via Baseball Musings
Since the Moneyball script was leaked this summer, some folks took it upon themselves to shoot a scene, just to see how it would come out. Execution isn’t flawless, but it is a cool visualization of what the movie will/would be like. I imagine tighter cuts and dialogue delivered a little snappier, but we can work with this.
Via Baseball Musings.
Or, Bullying the Ballot Box.
Red Sox Nation’s power as one of the more active constituencies when it comes to MLB All Star balloting is well known. With that power comes great responsibility. Such as the responsibility to vote AAA player Lastings Milledge into the All Star Game. It makes sense, if the National League team is weaker, the AL is more likely to win and thus take home field advantage in the World Series. Also this:
…At the very least we’d be teaching MLB a valuable lesson on how to take a person’s name off the digital ballot if they’re not even wearing a major league uniform at the time. Why is Milledge even eligible?
Via Baseball Musings.
Mike Piazza’s strategy for keeping the steroid media monkey off his back? Telling reporters the truth – off the record. This made it harder for the reporters to report the story, and I think gave them less incentive because it wouldn’t be as much of a ‘gotcha’.
I’m sure there are examples of politicians using this off the record truth telling strategy with reporters and it plays right into the self-important “villager’ mindset that corrodes the reporting of many DC insiders.
You know, sing along to the tune of “Video Killed the Radio Star”. Lone Star Ball makes the case that the premise of several Seinfeld episodes wouldn’t work today. The existence of cell phones reduces the number of loony situations any one group of friends can get into. While I’d argue that 2 of the situations (‘The Bubble Boy’ and ‘The Parking Garage’) would still happen because of poor cell phone reception, I get the greater point. And while I don’t necessarily agree, it’s certainly a conversation starter.
One other thought on this subject, I’d swear I heard a Bill Simmons podcast a couple days ago where he mentioned the idea that Seinfeld wouldn’t exist if cell phones did. I’d be surprised if that Simmons line didn’t inspire the Lone Star Ball post.
Last note, I promise. Could I have made this post more wishy washy? Wow, what a limp noodle! (Via Baseball Musings)
Some folks went after Peter Gammons last week for softballing A-Rod some questions during his first interview after it was revealed he had taken performance enhancing drugs.
In a note from the ESPN ombudsman Gammon says Rodriguez spilled more than was expected and at that point, Gammons wanted to keep him talking.
Gammons told me, as well as other interviewers, that he was stunned by Rodriguez’s admission that he had taken banned substances for three years.
“When I talked informally with Alex the night before,” Gammons said, “I got the impression he was going to say whatever he tested positive for in 2003 was related to prescription drugs he had taken for a back injury in spring training.”
People also busted on Gammons for not defending fellow journalist Selena Roberts from A-Rod’s spurious attacks that A-Rod later apologized for.
…Gammons said he regrets not challenging Rodriguez when he mounted an attack on Roberts, calling the Sports Illustrated reporter “a stalker” and falsely accusing her of trespassing and trying “to break into my house where my girls are up there sleeping.”
“I know Selena and have great respect for her,” Gammons said, “and I know a lot of people were offended that I didn’t rise up immediately to defend her. It so stunned me, I was sitting there thinking, people at home are going to say, ‘Alex, your first answer already validated what she wrote.’ But in hindsight, I wish I had said, ‘This is not germane here,’ and cut it off.”
(Via Baseball Musings)