Thursday, August 18, 2005

Why I love Random Baseball Stats

I was at a local sportsbar last night watching the Twins game. Okay, I know I said I've given up on them for this season, but Santana's last start resulted in him pitching a complete game shutout. Last night was not a disappointment. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and ending up giving up a solo home run in the 9th. As my mom said, at this point everyone should just work on their individual stats. This brings me to discussing my love of baseball statistics. On the surface it makes perfect sense, being a scientist and a sports fan, I should naturally gravitate to the numbers associated with baseball. However, I also love basketball and football but don't find the stats nearly as alluring. Baseball stats are awesome because they're so random. You get stats like "so and so is the only person to ever hit a grand slam on his birthday." Stuff like that is so cool. Last night on one of the many screens at the bar this stat was displayed (courtesy of ESPN):

"Approximately 7 million babies have been born worldwide since the last time the Kansas City Royals won a game (July 27th)."

Wow. Poor KC has been on an 18-game losing streak and things are not looking good for them. I can't help but wonder though, does this truly fantastic stat say more about how bad the Royals suck or how big the problem of over population is becoming?

3 comments:

dancingo4 said...

You are a riot. I think that stat very accurately reflects both problems - KC simply sucks. But I'm convinced there are way too many people in this world. I'm starting to agree with a local dj up here how has created a test for prospective parents. http://www.kdwb.com/pages/dave/latest/2005/parentingtest.html
The entire world should implement this simple idea. Think of it as natural selection - with a boost.

Great photo!! You are so cute :-)

Scott said...

That's so funny. I really love those random statistics. The people that come up with them are true artists.

Braleigh said...

That IS a good stat. I don't follow baseball at all so I can't attest to the proficiency of the quote at catching the sucktitude of Kansas. I'll take your word for it.

Thank you for your kind words on my blog!