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Mendoza line? What the hell's a Mendoza line?

by jesus at 02:25 AM on March 08, 2002

I'm what is known as a stat nerd. My kind wander everywhere, often lurking among normal humans, all of whom are painfully unaware as to those who walk amongst them. We're a cross between your typical, hilarious Dungeons and Dragons nerd type and the wannabe jocks. Instead of wanting to grow up to be Elves and Dwarves, we dream of being sports writers and broadcasters, of standing around and asking questions to millionaires in towels.

And while I have a great affinity for the sports of hockey and football, and an undying hate for basketball, my true love is baseball. I've been counting down the days to Opening Day for about a month now, and we're down to 23. I have eight fantasy baseball teams drafted already. I have this little notebook where I predict the All-Star teams, breakout years, and end of season awards. Yes, it is an addiction. No, I do not have a life.

Since a sports discussion has popped up occasionally as of late, I felt compelled to express my true self. I know no one cares, but I don't care if no one cares. It's my li'l writing column, and I can write about whatever I want, because I'm me. And my mommy said I'm special.

Off the top of my head, I now give you the starting lineup for the Jeffrey Loria owned Florida Marlins, a team I have no particular interest in: 1B Derek Lee, 2B Luis Castillo, 3B Mike Lowell, SS Alex Gonzalez, C Charles Johnson, LF Cliff Floyd, CF Preston Wilson, RF Eric Owens. Starting Pitchers: Ryan Dempster, Brad Penny, AJ Burnett, Josh Beckett, Matt Clement. Closing Pitcher: Antonio Alfonseca (he has 6 fingers on his right hand)

See? Told ya I'm a stat nerd.

comments (2)

I used to be much more of a stat nerd. Growing up, a friend of mine had one of those stat based, dice rolling baseball games. Each player had a set of numbers based on their real fielding and hitting stats. You'd roll a die, and depending on what you rolled, the batter, fielder, and pitchers numbers you'd get a hit or an out or whatever. Then you'd just keep doing that for a whole game, season, etc.

I used his game when I was at his house, but I wanted to play at home too. So, I used the stats on my baseball cards to create my own set of rules. Then I did a draft teams in my own league, and played entires seasons.

Beat that.

by mg at March 8, 2002 12:50 PM

I can think of worse habits. Besides, baseball still holds a magical position for your average American male. If you have to explain it, you won't understand....

Play Ball, y'all!!!!

by northstar at March 9, 2002 8:07 AM

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