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June 29, 2009


Danube of Thought

Note for Yankee freaks: On his 35th birthday (Friday), Derek Jeter had 61 more hits than Pete Rose had on his 35th. Just thought you'd like to know...

Kevin B

You know, as a cricket loving Englishman, I nearly understood a bit of that post.


You know, as a Boston native, what I got out of it was:
Boston     46 29 .613 -
New York 43 32 .573 3.0

Mike Myers

Jeter was standing on first base looking at Rivera at the plate and laughing his head off. Jeter was still laughing when he reached second base. Of course the RBI was as a result of K Rod walking Rivera! Still a ribbie is a ribbie and Rivera got it. And Rivera did put wood on the ball for one foul ball.

What I got out of all the laughter is that even at the top professional level (and over the last 60 years or so you can't get higher than the damned Yankees) baseball is still very much a team game--and team mates can enjoy each other's good fortune.


K-Rod usually falls apart at the crucial moment.He was surrounded for years by some very talented teammates, but it hurt to watch him sometimes.


"K-Rod usually falls apart at the crucial moment."

So do his middle infielders.

Patrick R. Sullivan

The pitcher is up next, Jeter gets a strike...and doesn't swing at it!


Because the game started at 8:15 at night, I could not stay awake to watch the ninth inning. But I went to sleep knowing the Yankees would win, because in the eighth, the Mets failed to score David Wright who was on third, when their catcher was struck out by Mariano.

Jack is Back!

Even I could get an ribbie off of the Mets pitching staff. In fact, Riviera got 1 more ribbie than the Mets got in the first 2 games with the Yanks. Back page of today's Post has a picture of Jerry Manuel with a face longer than John Kerry's with a 'red alert' headline Jerry to Omar "We Need Help". No kidding - what a bunch of whackers. Injuries aside, where oh where is David Wright?

Thomas Collins

I am a Sox fan who has the greatest respect for Rivera. There is a lot to remember about his fine career (which is still going strong). My most vivid memory is Rivera coming back in 2004 after a family tragedy and pitching in the ALCS. No woe is me talk, just performing his craft. Class act all the way.

Danube of Thought

Just as every account of the career of Merry Bill Clinton must begin with a mention of the Monica Impeachement, so Rivera's obit will feature the 97th World Series, November, 2001, Game 7. Rivera on the mound with a 3-2 lead as the D'backs come to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. He blows the save, then the lead, and then the World Series.

But afterward he was pretty much a stand-up guy about it.


DOT, you are impugning a man of character and decency by comparing him to a lying felonious reprobate. Rivera helped get the Yankees to the World Series, and got the last out in the 2000 WS. No baseball player has ever had a perfect career. Rivera is a man, not God, although he is a man of God. Clinton, on the other hand, had sex with an intern less than half his age, promoted her in violation of the Civil rights laws over another more experienced employee, endangered national security by engaging in phone sex on an unsecured line, perjured himself, convinced his African-American secretary to hide evidence, and played the race card in his impeachment trial. I think there is no comparison.

Danube of Thought

Take it easy, Peter--it's just a game. And the man is, after all, part of the Evil Empire.





Danube of Thought

There you go, Maguire--another Yankee fan heard from.

You must be very proud...


"You know, as a cricket loving Englishman, I nearly understood a bit of that post."

In honor of Kevin B hope you don`t mind this diversion into history about another famous English Cricketer winding up somehow understanding baseball, and becomming a Babe Ruth Fan to boot.

This">http://improbable.com/2008/10/11/whats-wrong-with-baseball-mathematically-that-is/">This Cambridge Don, G.H. Hardy, was one of the worlds finest mathmaticians in the early 1900`s, and also a complete Cricket nut:

"besides mathematics, Hardy’s passion was cricket. He didn’t just watch cricket or play cricket, he analyzed cricket, judged people by their own analysis of cricket and rated people in terms of cricket. C. P. Snow was a physicist and novelist. He went on to coin the phrase “The Two Cultures”, lamenting the gulf between scientists and “literary intellectuals”. He tells of his first meeting with Hardy when he was a new fellow at Christ’s College. Hardy, he explained “without any preamble whatever began: ‘You’re supposed to know something about cricket, aren’t you?’ ” Hardy proceeded to put him through “a moderately stiff viva”, after which came a series of “more tactical questions.”
Snow passed, they became friends and it was to Snow that Hardy told about his letter. You see, Hardy, being a famous mathematician, was often invited to the United States. But there was no cricket. So Hardy turned to baseball. I was told, that Hardy once explained that he preferred visiting Harvard University to Princeton University because Boston had two baseball teams while Princeton had none (the Braves were still in Boston at that time). But there was a problem and, according to Snow, Hardy “wrote a serious suggestion to the Baseball Commissioners, proposing a technical emendation to one of the rules.”

Anyhow, Hardy and his partner Littlewood came up with a mathmatical formula to determine The">http://books.google.co.jp/books?id=NWKc7mYOBhUC&pg=PA275&lpg=PA275&dq=mathmatician+hardy+and+baseball&source=bl&ots=hqmguGa26B&sig=NwAC3IjFT89AU4H0RhXqtdW0Iw0&hl=ja&ei=I6RJSoqnEIP06APnit3ABQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8">The happiness of a Cricket Batsman.

I won`t go into that much, but will simply say that if TM plugs in Mario`s RBI yesterday to Hardy`s equation: Ao, (Ao + A1)/2, (Ao + A1 + A2)/3, ... he will have mathmatical proof that Rivera is a very happy batsman.

FWIW, I believe Hardy was in New York for the Babe`s amazing year of 1927 when he hit 60 Home Runs, and also General George Washington played Cricket on May 4th, 1778, during the thaw at Valley Forge, and wonderful fat General Henry Know wrote that George was a good batsman and that the troops loved it when he played.


I forgot to mention that Hardy`s own Cricket career ended when he was run over by a motorcyclist.

Kevin B

Thanks for the story daddy.

Cricket, like baseball, is a stat lovers delight, (as well as being a compelling sport in its own right).

On the day that Michael Vaughan, the greatest England captain of the post war years, retired from cricket, it's good to remember the history of the game.


Mr. Buttafuoco, there's this obscure key over on the lower left that says "Caps Lock"; just FYI.

Dave (in MA)

Our host might be entertained by the Olde Towne Team's blown 10-1 lead tonight, the only time they've done that in 20 years.


Boston blows a nine run lead to Baltimore.


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