Fosters Slant

Ramblings of a man. Fan of sports. Watcher of motorsports. Listener of music.

Posts tagged Sports

Mar 8
Someone needs to hug him.
flipflopflyball:

José Canseco (No.00) after the Tigres’ victory this afternoon.

Someone needs to hug him.

flipflopflyball:

José Canseco (No.00) after the Tigres’ victory this afternoon.


Nov 22

Jul 15
ryansbrother:

here he is- @JoeyBats19 with his New Balance ASG custom shoes.  Like a boss.  #mlb

ryansbrother:

here he is- @JoeyBats19 with his New Balance ASG custom shoes.  Like a boss.  #mlb


Jun 30

Jun 28

For The Love Of Math

The day started off with this.

 Here’s my problem with sabermetrics — it’s a useful tool that feels like the answer. If we were smarter creatures, of course, we wouldn’t get seduced by the numbers. 

From Jonah Lehrer’s article for Grantland on sabermetrics.

The retorts came swiftly from those that value it. Tom Scocca wrote this for Deadspin, but this was the one that won me over, the one I connect with the most.

Lehrer mentions a story from Philip Roth, about a boy at a ball game; about counting, and the changing numbers. Lehrer closes the Roth story with this wonderful line, questioning the love of the game.

If that little kid were around today, he’d be obsessed with sabermetrics. He’d almost certainly win his fantasy league, but he’d miss the point of the game.

I will admit to never being the greatest of sabermetrics fans, but this was due to my lack of knowledge more than anything. I’ve grown this baseball season to appreciate them much more, and use them when making my arguments when talking baseball. And you know what, I still love the game. It doesn’t matter that I know more now, than I did before, I still love the game.   

Sorry Jonah, math and baseball can share my heart.


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