03 October 2007

It's October in Boston...and in Phoenix

I did promise to make baseball a part of this blog, and so far it's been all sorts of serious stuff about science and faith. And now it's October! We all know what that means. In fact, it's going to an excellent fall in the Matheson household, for we are fans of two major league teams: first and foremost, the Boston Red Sox, and second, the Arizona Diamondbacks. (I'm from Phoenix and my wife Susan is from Tucson; 3 of our 4 children were born in Tucson; the fourth in metro Boston.) Those two teams own the best regular-season records in their respective leagues. Woo hoo! The Sox won tonight, and the D-backs are playing some hapless Midwestern team as I write this.

Well, if you are not yet excited about postseason baseball, but would like to be, I offer the following exercise. It involves neither of our favorite teams, but is based instead on one of the most outstanding plays in postseason baseball history. Now if you will, please work through the steps in order.

1. Make sure your computer's sound is on, loud.
2. Listen to this broadcast excerpt. Just listen to the whole thing. If you don't know exactly what is happening, you can come back after you've completed the exercise.
3. Watch the video of the event. You'll see a link called "350K" next to a description of the achievement.
4. Watch this video at YouTube. Listen for the desperate plea while the ball is in flight. (The same person is screaming a few seconds later.)

If that doesn't help you get ready for the MLB postseason, then you're probably a soccer fan, and that means we should get back to science and faith, in hopes that we have some common ground...

Go Sox!

(For those readers who are unhappy, perhaps because they loathe the Mets or any team from Gotham, try this out. It's from 2004.)

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