Jonah Keri of Baseball Prospectus wrote a column the other day telling about his feelings watching an A ball game. He mentioned how much he liked watching the 3rd baseman play defense, so much, that he actually forgot to check his stats!! (the guy is a lousy hitter.) And don’t forget that Jonah is the Real Deal, stat wise. Makes me wonder how we would look at the game if we went in cold, just watched 2 teams play without knowing any stat whatsoever. Do all the numbers prejudice our thinking when we watch?
I know that I personally prefer watching great defensive plays to watching great hitting (except Barry Bonds – but he’s in a special class of excitement all by himself.)
Speaking of which, give it up for Carlos Beltran’s great catch yesterday saving Roy-O’s game. I knew he was good, but that was Mike Cameron good. Roy pitched really well and we didn’t need the bullpen, thank goodness. I was surprised to read that our bullpen was not one of the 5 most heavily used. It just seems like it.
What else would I like to watch? Guys hitting with RISP!!! No more sac bunts for Adam Everett when Biggio is on and no outs!!!!!! Lance start the all-star game!!! for starters…..
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