Dodger pitcher Zack Greinke
Great post from baseball blogger Eric Garcia McKinley extolling the value of luck as it relates to Dodger pitcher Zack Greinke’s recent scoreless streak and when it comes to the game of baseball overall . My favorite quotes are when McKinley writes that “Luck isn’t an “artificial” aspect of baseball or baseball analysis, but an essential reality of the game. It always has been” and when he quotes the great baseball writer Roger Angell when he says that ” without it [luck], such a rigorous and unforgiving pastime would be almost too painful to enjoy.” Thinking back over the course of a lifetime of following baseball, I can’t imagine the game or some of its biggest moments without it.
Luck plays an undeniable role in baseball, and it has a place in baseball analysis – Beyond the Box Score.
My favorite quote from this USA TODAY piece on two of my favorite players :
“When you face those guys back-to-back, you should get paid double,” Houston Astros reliever Pat Neshek said. “They’re the greatest 1-2 punch in the game. You look at Trout, and it feels like you’re facing a young Mickey Mantle. And then you face Pujols, and it feels like you’re facing an older Mickey Mantle.”
Here’s hoping that Pujols can finally stay healthy long enough for him and Trout to match and exceed the production put forth by Mantle and Maris in their peak years. Like my son has said “what a wonderful time to be a baseball fan”, watching these two in action together on the same team. Two great players at two different stages of their careers, one a can’t miss Hall of Famer and the other a very probable one. Pure baseball joy.
Mike Trout-Albert Pujols stokes comparisons to Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris.