A day off has turned New York into a city of mathematicians and scientists. I was cornered this morning by some guy in a suit that burst onto the 2 train at 34th Street and started assailing me with winning percentages and batting slumps.
“Keeping Bobby Abreu and Robinson Cano in the lineup is troubling,” he said.
“No,” I countered. “It would be troubling if you and I were in the lineup. You've gotta be getting off at Wall Street.”
Everyone has a theory and a formula. And everything is in play: Roster moves, batting order, pitch selection, bullpen use, travel schedules and pre-game meals. A 24-hour-a-day, 9 inning baseball reality show.
But baseball reality seldom enters the equation.
You’ve got to dig around in a pile of old quotes to find the words of noted baseball realist Mariano Duncan, “We play today, we win today. That’s it.”
That is it.