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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Marche: The Error in Baseball and the Moral Dimension to American Life

Why do we still score errors?

Baseball goes to the trouble to record a highly subjective decision that does not affect the outcome of the game and fails to communicate meaningfully a player’s ability. Why?

The short answer is “because it used to meaningfully communicate something about events that happened frequently,” but of course as with so many traditions, inertia supersedes usefulness.

Via Language Log, which notes that, wonderfully, the word “bobbles” was spelled erroneously in the initial version of this piece as “baubles.”


Friday, June 23, 2017

For My Compadre, Big Papi

Where we come from, we had to hustle just for the 50 pesos it cost to take the bus to the Olympic stadium to play baseball. It was 25 pesos each way. If you happened to lose 25 pesos at the ballpark, you were walking back home.

No waters. No Gatorade. No food. Nothing. If you were lucky, somebody would find a hose. That’s how we made it. We are raised by our families to be survivors.

From the time you are a baby, you learn to eat whatever is on the table. You don’t get to pick. You bless those meals and eat them no matter how bad they look. That’s what allows you to go from the Dominican to Wisconsin to Minnesota to Boston and adapt to whatever is in front of you.

The door was closing on David and his family, and he had the power, the will, the soul, to stick his foot in that doorway and say, “Hell no. I’m kicking open this door. I’m going to be great.”


 

 

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