On the night the Yankees clinched their most recent World Series, I was in San Francisco. Today, as Derek Jeter collected his 3,000 hit, I am in Long Beach. I hereby offer to stay in California if the Yankees pay my moving expenses and rent and give me a sizable stipend.
Derek Jeter is indeed in the lineup tonight for the Yankees, despite the statistical possibility of his getting the four hits necessary to reach 3,000, away from home. For those of you wondering, the 37-year-old Jeter has . . 37 games with four or more hits in his career, including two this season. Date Opp … Read more
Almost immediately after I posted about the Tigers-Mets game that ended with “perfect square” scores, reader Ember Nickel correctly pointed out that I failed to include “zero” as a valid “perfect square” score. So, let’s recalculate our “perfect square” table: VISITOR HOME 0 1 4 9 16 TOT 0 129 1826 1408 324 19 3706 … Read more
This past Wednesday, the Mets defeated the Tigers by the score of 16-9. Not only was it a slugfest (part of a stretch which saw the New Yorkers plate 52 runs over four games), the final score included “perfect squares” for both teams. If its been a while since your last math class, a “square … Read more
Rangers’ outfielder Josh Hamilton suggested that guys with blue eyes have trouble hitting during day games. “I ask guys all the time,” Hamilton told ESPN 103.3 FM’s Bryan Dolgin when asked if he had any theories to his drastic splits. “Guys with blue eyes, brown eyes, whatever … and guys with blue eyes have a … Read more
Given that its Father’s Day weekend, I’m going to offer up something a bit more serious. This is an essay I wrote for a series of “Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories” over at Bronx Banter back in 2008. An abridged version of this piece appears in the anthology book. The Only Bond We Had My mom … Read more
While doing research for an upcoming post, I came upon quite possibly the most wondrous (if not most tasty) name in organized baseball history. May I present to you . . . Josh Cakebread! Yes . . . Josh Cakebread . . . a 5’7″, 165 pound, 26-year-old Aussie who is currently manning shortstop for … Read more
So you are thinking of having a child, and hoping that if its a boy, he’ll grow up to be a major leaguer. Is there any more likelihood of that happening based on his birthday? The indispensable Lahman Baseball Database has demographic information on the nearly 18,000 players in major league history, with birthdates for … Read more