My name is Diane,
and I began this blog last year …
(OK … enough of The Who)
Greetings to those of you new to this blog. I invite you to take a look around at the site and discover what Mark Simon refers to, in the best way possible, as “baseball dorkiness”. This blog is NOT a hardcore, number-crunching, sabermetric acronym-laden site. Nor is it a super-snarky, pick-on-the-lost-soul-of-the-day venture. It IS however a bit off the beaten path of most baseball blogs. There’s wordplay, song parodies, numberplay, demographic studies and assorted, random quirkiness.
If you want to get a taste of what Value Over Replacement Grit has to offer, here are some of my personal recent favorites:
- Real life “Casey at the Bat” endings
- A rewrite of the “12 Days of Christmas”, using only baseball player names
- Did Sandy Koufax pitch better or worse on the Sabbath?
- Factoids of the 2011 season (similar to Jayson Stark’s “Strange but True” column)
- The worst “just one bad innings” in baseball history
- All-time pitching matchups featuring the shortest last names
- Longest player names with no repeating letters
- Games that ended with prime number linescores
- The “Pi Young Award”
I hope you enjoy yourself, and interact with the site through the comments. I’d love to hear your suggestions for posts. Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy the ride!