2011 04 03
Small Sample Size Theater

Posted by in: Baseball, logic, Math

The baseball season has begun! Each MLB baseball team has played two games. There isn’t a lot of solid trend data to report on, yet articles must be written – and so, quoth S – “it’s time for another edition of Small Sample Size Theater”.

In baseball, of course, this means things like:
The Mariners, predicted to be terrible this season, are tied for first in the league!

(Also there are nineteen pitchers tied with an unbelievable 0.00 ERA. This season looks set to turn a lot of conventional wisdom on its head.)

We see Small Sample Size Theater in other domains as well; no surprise that most trend reporting is of this type. I wanted to post this today because I think the term is so apt. And of course, if my posting this year keeps up at this rate, I’ll post well over 300 entries, which would more than double my previous record. In year seven, anything is possible.

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2008 03 29
Two baseball videos

Posted by in: Baseball, Videos

Pop musician John Mayer does play-by-play on a Red Sox game in Japan, with an acute sense of his own inability to do play-by-play. (hosted at the funny “awful announcing” blog)

Royals outfielder Joey Gathright avoids a collision with style.

Howls of outrage (4)

2007 10 12
Papelbon is more secure than I am.

Posted by in: Baseball, Odds and ends, Videos

Oh my goofy-ass Red Sox, you never fail to entertain. Here’s Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon dancing an energetic Irish dance, possibly in his boxer briefs, before an adoring crowd at Fenway. Watch til the end when others come out to get in on the act.

A single voice crying in the wilderness (1)

2007 04 21
What you have to understand about Jeter is that he plays the game using all of his limbs.

Posted by in: Baseball, Iran

Ah baseball season. The Red Sox are playing their first series against the Yankees this weekend, and we’re getting the intolerable national/New York announcers (Joe Buck and Tim McCarver) rather than Boston’s own loveable Orsino Orsillo and Remy. Which means that the ritual refrain is upon us – from the other room, “Oh, for fuck’s sake, Tim McCarver.”

Here are two things I liked:
Remy cracking up when one fan throws a slice of pizza at another fan.

A nice non-baseball bit about the thing you have to understand about Iranians. The same point goes double, I often have reason to observe, for statements about The Difference Between Women and Men, or Why Women are Like That.

A single voice crying in the wilderness (1)

2005 10 27

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2005 10 19
White Sox vs. Astros!

Posted by in: Baseball

And…. it’ll be White Sox vs. Astros!

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2005 10 09
Bottom of the Eighteenth

Posted by in: Baseball

Brad Ausmus! Chris Burke!
The Astros announcers are shouting over each other with tears streaming out of their eyes. Awesome. Go ‘Stros!

Howls of outrage (5)

2005 09 29

Posted by in: Baseball

I’m looking for some clever way to say this, but the simple truth is: I love David Ortiz.

My love for him is pure and unconditional. Although of course, it is deepened and enriched by the fact that Ortiz has been dragging the rest of the Red Sox along behind him in a sack for a couple of months now.

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2004 11 03
Red Sox to the rescue?

Posted by in: Baseball

CNN reports that John Henry, owner of the Red Sox, has issued an order to ready his private plane in Boston in order to deploy lawyers to…wherever?

And Larry King is making his way toward the more-annoying-than-Judy-Woodruff award.

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2004 10 21
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead…

Posted by in: Baseball

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Howls of outrage (4)

2004 08 06
If I were a closer, “A Simple Formality” by Komeda

Posted by in: Baseball, Music

A neat rundown of songs chosen by (and for) baseball players for their introduction at Page 3. Few shocks, except for that a few actually choose “She Bangs.” Apparently most players are either heavy metal or rap fans. It did please me to see “Misty Mountain Hop” a couple of times.

At an Elmira Pioneers game several years ago, the catcher, named Bingo Owens I think, who was about 10 years older than everyone else on the team, had “Ring of Fire” played every time he came up to bat. Best choice ever.

A single voice crying in the wilderness (1)

2004 07 28
And Voldemort as Bud Selig?

Posted by in: Baseball

A very nice story at Batgirl about last night’s Twins-White Sox game in which Corey Koskie (who is Canadian) got hit by pitches 3 times. Worth looking at even if you aren’t a baseball fan.

It helps to know that Spiderman is the nickname of the Twins’ centerfielder, Torii Hunter.

A single voice crying in the wilderness (1)

2004 05 11
Jesus shaves

Posted by in: Baseball

A sad day for Damon’s Disciples; Johnny Damon has announced he’s shaving his beard (but not his head) for charity.

Plus, it’s always fun to read quotes from Damon:

Damon talked about his unusual after-dark training regime: racing cars on the Orlando street where he lives, which has a 25 mph speed limit.

“Once a car starts coming, I’ll just race it to my house,” he said. “I scare the cars to speed up a little more, seeing a caveman-looking guy with long hair running at 10 or 11 at night.”

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2004 05 11

Posted by in: Baseball

Historian John Thorn found a Pittsfield, Mass. bylaw from 1796 barring baseball within 80 feet of a new meeting house. Neat stuff, plus an appearance by Jim Bouton.

Pinning down the origin of baseball at this point is nigh unto impossible, but it does seem that a similar game was played in Massachusetts in the 18th century:

“It’s clear that not only was baseball played here in 1791, but it was rampant,” Thorn said. “It was rampant enough to have an ordinance against it.”

For reference, the official version of the origin of baseball is that Abner Doubleday invented the game in 1839 in Cooperstown, NY.

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2004 05 02
More Government Steroid Fun!

Posted by in: Baseball

Soon, the federal government will have a monopoly of professional athlete’s urine.

Doug Pappas has already expressed pretty much all I could say on the matter.

The New York Times reports that the Players’ Union has filed a motion to keep federal prosecutors from testing the samples for THG. Again, *why* is the government involved in any of this?

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