Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

It's the bottom of the 9th at the Stadium in the ALCS. The Yanks lead the Sox 5-4 but through the usual 'dinks and dunks,' the Sox have the bases loaded against Mariano with only 1 out.

We need a double play.

I ask you, fellow Yankee fans, where do you want that groundball hit?

I have no doubt of your answer.

Isn't that far more telling than any statistical study?

BallHype: hype it up!


Toby K. said...

This is so true, way to think outside the box haha. If we need a double play i see 1 of 2 scenarios. A-rod to Jeter to first, or Jeter to Cano to first. Either way Jeter is involved, and even if his defense is among the worst, isn't his bat among the best? Minus the power of course, either way he is still an above average ss agreed? It's not all about defense... how often does a team ranked first overall in defense won the world series?

Scott said...

I picture it more as a Robbie, to Jeter, to "unknown player" at first...I like Cano's improved defense and think he stands to get even better at handling the position and those nice quick DPs

Anonymous said...

No, it doesn't say more than any statistical study. It says that we only remember what we want to remember. We remember lots of spectacular looking plays...we don't remember all the balls through the hole or up the middle that a guy like Everett gets to.

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