Sunday Citation

“Baseball is a game built largely around the love of statistics – sitting in your bedroom, reading the backs of baseball cards by the light streaming in your windows from the mean streets of Grand Rapids. It’s about knowing that despite your uncertainty about large issues like Calvinism v. Arminianism or the will of God, at least you can recite Coco Crisp’s batting average from 2003 (.266). It’s about restoring order to chaos – not creating more chaos, as is the case with asterisked records, and the fact that Hank Aaron will have been lapped by two guys (Bonds and A-Rod) with less than pure blood flowing through their bulging veins.”

-Ted Kluck in The Reason for Sports (2009), p. 38


3 thoughts on “Sunday Citation

  1. Don't read my answer before you answer it for yourself.Close your eyes and picture "the back of a baseball card." What year and brand cards do you see?My answers: 1986 Topps, 1989 Topps, and 1987 Topps, in that order. White, glossy cardboard doesn't even factor into my memories.Remember when packs still had gum in them?


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