Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, April 6, 2014 3:28 pm

Rare work-related blog post, baseball triple-play edition

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As if Greensboro College weren’t already having a fine weekend yesterday, what with Alumni Weekend activities and the celebration of the college’s 175th anniversary, the baseball team turned three against Maryville — a 9-3-2 triple play, at that. The play wound up on top of ESPN’s Top 10 plays last night. Here’s video, shot by my friend and colleague, sports information director Wes Gullett:

CORRECTION, 4/7/2014: Wes Gullett uploaded the video to YouTube, but the video actually was shot by a student assistant, Craig Gage. Nice work, Craig!

Sunday, May 22, 2011 7:12 pm

Davidson vs. Clemson rain-delay antics

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In the unlikely event that you haven’t already seen this, here it is:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 9:47 pm

A team of her own

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It’s the bottom of the ninth, you’ve got a one-run lead and the bad guys have runners on. Whom ya gonna call?

OK, two questions: As long as whoever it is can strike out 14 batters in 22 innings, do you care whether the person you call has two X chromosomes? (Full disclosure: I’m the father of such a pitcher, but she’s 12 and I have only the vaguest idea what her stats are.)

The baseball coach at tiny Montreat College has offered a small scholarship to an 18-year-old girl from California. The girl, a right-handed pitcher named Marty Sementelli, has, at this writing, neither signed a letter of intent nor declined. Although the amount of the offer was not disclosed, apparently it’s not much for a school that costs about $33,000 a year. Moreover, she would have to play JV ball and earn a varsity roster spot; she’s not guaranteed one. And yet some Montreat College alumni are all butthurt about this.

The coach, to his credit, says the criticism he has gotten will not effect the offer. “She struck out 14 in 22 innings,” he said. “That’s good stats; I don’t really care where you’re at.”


Monday, May 24, 2010 5:33 pm

No, it’s not April 1

Filed under: Sad,We're so screwed — Lex @ 5:33 pm
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The Texas Rangers really have filed for bankruptcy, with A-Rod as their largest unsecured creditor ($25 million in deferred compensation, of which he may be lucky to see a million when it’s all said and done).

I’m experiencing mixed emotions about this. A-Rod earned that money by using steroids, so in a way, I’m kind of smirking and thinking, “You know, payback’s a beehortch.” And having covered a few bankruptcies, I’m also thinking that having A-Rod on the creditors’ committee could be pretty entertaining except that in real life, it wouldn’t be A-Rod, it would be A-Rod’s lawyer’s junior associate.

Everyone who was so hot to raise taxes a decade ago to move the Minnesota Twins here, how you feelin’ now?

(h/t: Zero Hedge)

Monday, October 26, 2009 8:51 pm

Hitting a curveball

Do pitched baseballs really curve? And if so, do they actually curve as much as they appear to?

This illustration tackles the question in a really interesting way.  However, its hypothesis that the shift from peripheral to foveal (direct) vision creates (or magnifies) the impression of a sudden curve applies only to batters. What do catchers, who presumably use only direct vision when catching a pitch*, see?

*Assuming no runners are on base.

(h/t: Chronicle of Higher Education newsletter)

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