Hey, all. It’s Friday afternoon and I’ve had a really long week with a big paper due, internship kicking my ass (dealing with a middle school full of kid’s who’ve checked out is trying), and a bunch of hours at work. Anyway, in lieu of a big article, I thought I’d serve up some food for thought related to baseball…
1. If you had to root for one team other than the Yankees, who would it be? I think I’d pick the Rays, or maybe something random like the Rockies. I have a friend who, despite being born and raised in Connecticut, has always loved the Rockies. I could jump on the bandwagon with him.
2. Can someone please get Michael Kay and John Sterling some thesauruses? These guys use the exact some terms for fly balls, forthcoming pitches, and ground balls. Maybe more announcers do this, but I frankly don’t listen to many others, but I find it so frustrating when every fly ball is “hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh” or “served” to the field.
3. What would be your entrance music as a closer/walk up music as a batter? I’ve thought long and hard about this stuff and can’t pin something down. My first thought goes to either Brain Stew by Green Day or Seventy Times 7 by Brand New or another Brand New track called Okay, I Believe You but My Tommy Gun Don’t, simply because of the opening lyrics (I am heaven sent. Don’t you dare forget).
4. Who’s your pick for most underrated player in baseball? I’m going Shin Soo Choo of the Indians. He can just flat out rake.
5. The endless debate: favorite baseball movie? I can never pick, and I don’t think anyone can. The list consists of Field of Dreams, The Sandlot, The Natural, Major League, Bull Durham, etc.
6. Where have A.J.’s strikeouts gone? This is definitely troubling, but at least his GB% is up this season.
7. What unwritten rule(s) do you think should be taken less seriously (non-Braden division)? I can’t really think of one off the top of my head, but I’m sure you guys can.
8. Phil Hughes (2.2) has already matched his WAR total from last year. No question here, that’s just awesome.
9. For my fellow stat lovers: which stat do you want to see gain mainstream traction? IMO, it’s wOBA hands down. wOBA is awesome. If I could marry a stat, I’d marry wOBA.
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