This is a long mostly personal story, but I thought it was appropriate to share here, partly because we’re now into the offseason and there’s not yet as much baseball material to discuss, and partly because I have no idea where else to share it. I hope some of you might enjoy reading it.
I met Tracy Tran through our mutual admiration for the Tony Kornheiser Show (La Cheesiere!). Tracy is a devout Nationals fan and is hoping they can tie their 2017 NLDS Series up today against the Cubs. This week Tracy went Nine with Nerd to share his Baseball ballpark experiences.
The pitching match-up was top notch….if it took place in 2013. When the Tigers and Orioles took the field for the final game of their four game series both teams sent pitchers to the mound whose best days were in the rear-view mirror. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez peaked during his first full season in Detroit going 13-8 with an ERA+ of 162, finishing 4th in the American League Cy Young race. It was the first year of the 5 year $80MM contract Sanchez signed after being traded to the Tigers during the 2012 season. [Read more…]
For all the issues the NYC Subway system has it remains one of the most convenient and affordable travel options throughout four of the five boroughs. It’s been my primary mode of transportation to Mets games since I was a high school sophomore. Taking the subway has led to some late nights coming back from Queens. There is nothing quite like arriving at home around 2 am after a Mets playoff game when your alarm clock set for 7 am so you can jump back on the subway to work. With these late nights and the age of my travel companion in mind I decided to drive Griffin to the second game of the Mets Rockies post All Star break series. [Read more…]
I’ve been reading Joe Sheehan’s work since he started writing for Sports Illustrated in 2007. When I was struck by the Sabermetric bug I discovered his podcast The Baseball Show with Rany and Joe and subscribed to the Joe Sheehan Newsletter. (It’s the best money I spend on baseball all year.) Joe was one of the founders of Baseball Prospectus, helping to bring the analytical side of baseball mainstream. Whether it’s lineup construction or bullpen use Joe is always up to talk baseball and was gracious to share his ballpark experiences in this edition of Nine with the Nerd. [Read more…]