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Now officially 4 hours until first pitch of Game Six of the World Series including the US and Toronto. Perhaps i should undertake to investigate the number of baseball players who were good at chess.

PS. I have always said that baseball is the supreme mixture of chess and athleticism, with a dollop of ballet thrown in for the graces. Plus, it's played on the perfect diamond sutra.

we'll see if they still pitch to Ortiz tonight.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 04:12:01 PM EST
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The good thing about baseball is there's 100 years of statistics to go back and argue about...
by asdf on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 04:18:20 PM EST
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And the game is better because of Sabrmetric analysis, fersure. (Like your swing rate analysis, which is partly due to laser positioning and analysis of every single damn pitch.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 04:42:32 PM EST
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Sailboat racers say the same thing. "Ooh, the rules are so complicated, and you have to have a good strategy." "And the actions of the other boats mean you have to make instantaneous tactical decisions based on many factors." "And you have to be an athlete."

Baseball is mostly about standing around in the summer sun...

by asdf on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 04:22:00 PM EST
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"Baseball is mostly about standing around in the summer sun..."

so there's time to analyze what you're going to do on the various possibilities with each pitch, at the plate or in the field, fixing the possibilities in your head, and then being ready to explode.

the fielders' short twitch muscles are already moving just before the crack of the bat, after analyzing pitch and swing (and runner's potential speed) from the field.

Plus, that gives one time to mark his/her scorecard, and have another swig.

enjoy the game 6 tonight, asdf. 1:07AM first pitch. wheee.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 04:49:55 PM EST
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Maybe it's time for a baseball diary ? :-)

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 04:54:26 PM EST
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"The fielders' short twitch muscles are already moving just before the crack of the bat, after analyzing pitch and swing (and runner's potential speed) from the field."

Well, or they are standing out there lounging around for 15 minutes while the pitcher and batter try to outwit each other...

by asdf on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 05:24:36 PM EST
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Haha Red Sox FTW!
by asdf on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 11:31:33 PM EST
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