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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.
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.