If you want to know the heart and mind of America, you need to understand Baseball.
“…Because the Rangers scored four runs while Bush was in the radio box, there was plenty of time for storytelling. He shared tales about other first pitches he’s thrown out and noted that before this game Cleveland’s Ryan Garko showed him a picture of them on the mound after the president threw to Garko at the 2001 College World Series.
Bush also described his ceremonial toss before the New York Yankees’ first World Series home game following the 9/11 attacks as “the most nervous moment of my presidency by far.”
“My adrenalin was surging through my veins,” he said. “The ball felt like a shot put. I had never felt a feeling like that before. … I walked out there and my arm felt like a thousand pounds.”
A picture of that pitch has hung in the Rangers clubhouse for several years….”
SPEAKING OF BASEBALL
Can Science predict who is going to win? (I think you need to keep your eye on the Braves).
“…The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels will easily walk away with the playoff spots for the American League, while the National League will once again see a tight race to the postseason.
So predicts Bruce Bukiet, a mathematician at the New Jersey Institute of Technology who uses a mathematical model he developed in 2000 to make annual predictions of which teams will win the most games during the regular season.
His model computes the probability of a team winning a game against another team with given hitters, bench, starting pitchers, relievers and home field advantage.
Bukiet’s picks have beat the odds for five of the past seven years, though his 2008 season predictions were off….”