Randomly came across this very interesting post on Goodreads, about how, in the 19th Century, there were African-American baseball players in the major leagues. ”In fact, some 30 black players saw service in organized baseball in the last two decades of the 19th century”, from 1872 to 1892. This is more than a lesson in history, it’s a lesson about history. In the immortal words of Jim Mora, “you think you know, but you don’t know, and you never will.”
Tonight the World Series begins between the Giants and the Rangers. On the sports talk radio, much magical thinking going on – mostly tongue-in-cheek, but with a hint of desperately-wanting-to-believe a la X Files.
Something about a recurrence of the number Five and Tim Lincecum’s uni number being 55
Something about how every time the Giants play the Red Sox in inter-league play, one of those teams wins the World Series that year (i.e., the Red Sox did it twice, the Giants never)
Something about the Giants being ‘due’ (sure, 56 years of futility MUST be a magic number)
There is a long history of superstitions in sports, especially those of athletes (not touching the white lines, for example, or changing hats or bats, etc …) but I wonder how much has been collected regarding fans’ trivia superstitions. I’m sure there’s a lot of great stuff there.
[Cliff] Lee had 30 strikeouts in between walks, another postseason record. There have been eight postseason games in history in which a pitcher has struck out 10 and walked none; Lee has four of them. He locates his fastball as well as any pitcher in the game, works the inside part of the plate as well as any pitcher, and has a great curveball and a cutter from hell. Every hitter knows he will be around the plate with every pitch, and no one can hit him.
two cases today:
Red Sox vs Angels, top of the 9th, 2 outs, nobody on …
“Jonathan Papelbon has never been charged with a run in 27 innings of postseason appearances”
and then he gives up 3 runs and loses the game AND the series …
Forty Niners vs Falcons
“San Francisco has an elite defense”
which promptly got torched for five touchdowns in the first half …
the play-by-play announcer on the Milan-Napoli goal continually refers to Ronaldinho and Rolandinho – it’s like a baseball announcer saying Larry Bonds instead of Barry!
and speaking of intolerable sportscasters:
Who wants to be my team this year –
Team One. Easy
Liverpool? (Fernando Torres!)
Team Two: A Toughie
West Bromwich Albion Baggies?
why is it unfair if a 12 year is better than a 16 year old at gymnastics? just because it’s against the rules? and why is it against the rules? because of child labor laws or something? all of these 16 year old gymnasts have been working ungodly hours for years already, more years in fact than the 12 year olds. hey, if a twelve year old could do my job … but for that they’d need to start programming from the age of 3. it could happen.
the penguins are a good team, but they’ll have to be both perfect AND lucky to beat the red wings. i doubt that will happen
i don’t care what the so-called experts say, i believe the san jose sharks still have a chance to win the stanley cup this year (if the four remaining teams are all destroyed by cyclones and the league decides to award the cup to the last team eliminated in the previous round).
it could happen!
i’m just sayin’
another boston vs new york championship series, and this one presents certain difficulties for this dispassionate california viewer. sure, it’d be great to see a team go 19-0, especially since 19 is my favorite number. on the other hand, it’s cool when a wild card team wins three in a row on the road and then takes it all, as the patriots did a few years ago, and the giants could do now. then there’s the local angle – tom brady’s from my county. on the other hand, i’ve got family in new york city. also have family in new england. dang. what’s the tie-breaker going to be? maybe the names angle? it’s hard to beat plaxico burress. which means the giants. oh, but come on, tedy bruschi? what better name for a football player than brewski? double dang. looks like i’m stuck. guess i’ll just root for the eventual winner and afterwards pretend that i was for them all long.