Documents
Resources
Learning Center
Upload
Plans & pricing Sign in
Sign Out

By_The_Numbers

VIEWS: 4 PAGES: 2

									Title:
By The Numbers

Word Count:
551

Summary:
Everyone knows there are certain things that simply do not go together:
oil and water, fire and ice, nerds and jocks. However, an interesting
trend is developing in cross-cultural enjoyment. More jocks than ever
have been working Sudoku puzzles as a way of empowering and perfecting
their critical thinking skills. While it seems unusual to see a
mathematic puzzle in a baseball dugout something even more unusual is in
the stands. Scores of nerds (engineers, accountants, compute...


Keywords:
MLB discounts, Football Fanatics promotion code, NASCAR Superstore coupon


Article Body:
Everyone knows there are certain things that simply do not go together:
oil and water, fire and ice, nerds and jocks. However, an interesting
trend is developing in cross-cultural enjoyment. More jocks than ever
have been working Sudoku puzzles as a way of empowering and perfecting
their critical thinking skills. While it seems unusual to see a
mathematic puzzle in a baseball dugout something even more unusual is in
the stands. Scores of nerds (engineers, accountants, computer geeks) now
fill baseball's box seats. The reason for the attraction to poindexters
everywhere may be that baseball, more than any other sport, celebrates
and glorifies numbers.

The records

One of the things that keeps baseball fans coming back, tuning in and
going to the stadium is to watch records be made and broken. It's
interesting to know the top record holders in each category and watch
their achievement pursued. Look up a baseball record sheet on the Web and
you may be spending a long time running down list of everything from most
hits by a left-hander in a single-season to the highest number of steals
from a pitcher. Watching somebody approach and take a record is an
exciting visceral experience, as we hold out hope to see a record
challenged. Currently, baseball fans are fixated on whether or not Barry
bonds can beat Hank Aaron's 755 homerun mark. Nerds, who love memorizing
and categorizing numbers, find themselves right at home watching records
stand and predicting their fall.

Statistics

Of course, you don't have to wait for a major record to be broken to get
excited about numbers in baseball. Every single game, every single
player, and every single pitch has been placed in categories for you.
Listening to the baseball announcer is a lot like listening to a very
excited math professor most of the time. They tell you batting
percentages, pitching averages, field lengths and times at bat. Many
baseball parks offer free scorecards to fans so that they can track the
pitches and hits themselves. Statistics are attractive in baseball,
because they help remind us that beyond the sport there is a science.
Baseball is made of angles and force, physics and math. Now who wouldn't
want to go out on a sunny afternoon and watch all that?

Money

Unfortunately, the things that make you can also be the things that break
you. Another set of numbers has become prominent in baseball that doesn't
add so much to the joy of the game. That would be salaries, trade-offs,
endorsements and other things involved with money. While sports are fun
to watch, somebody must pay the athletes to do it. And when money changes
hands in amount that it does in baseball it's bound to have an effect on
what goes on the field. When a batter is averaging .125 and he is getting
paid $1.8 million to do it suddenly every missed pitch seems like a stab
to the wallet as well as the heart.

Overall, baseball has been America's pastime for a long time and that it
will probably continue long into the future. However, when you look
around at the crowds of folks who attend the games don't be surprised to
see people with laptops, glasses and polo shirts. The nerds are drawn to
numbers and they are here to stay.

								
To top