Saturday, July 31, 2010

Swing And A Miss...

In this case, strike three. Depending on the inning, the batter might have another chance to make his team proud. [It’s the first inning; he will have his chance.]

Roger Kahn’s “The Boys of Summer,” (“The classic narrative of growing up within shouting distance of Ebbets Field and the Brooklyn Dodgers”) is a great memoir I have never read. I have a lot of books on my shelf I haven’t gotten around to reading yet and this one will have to wait.

Everybody on the Yankees’ side is waiting for Alex Rodriguez to hit his 600th home run and get it over with. I guess he is, too. Get it, relax, then get two more whenever it happens without any fuss or pressure. The business used to be a game, but now it’s stats and more than we need.

There is a guy who collects and provides all kinds of stats. When was this guy’s first HR? What stadium was it in? Speaking of stadiums, who hit the first one in this or that stadium? How many batters has this pitcher hit? You call for the stat you want and this guy will get it to you for broadcast.

In these days of computer recall, it’s probably not that bad a job to enter, sort and pull out the information. Does it matter who hit the first HR when a stadium was new? Not really, but it’s one of those interesting items that makes life a bit fuller. A bit of trivia, settles a bar bet. Or maybe starts one.


Blogger mjr said...

Imagine what it was like in pre-computer days. These guys had stacks of books and other references. (I still have some!) Of course, they weren't in the booth or the truck. Places like Elias Sports Bureau were staffed whenever a game was on, so it was just a matter of a P.A. making a phone call.

August 05, 2010 4:36 PM  

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