Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Baseball and the Secret Service

The baseball diamond was designed to benefit right-handers. Having base runners run counter-clockwise means that the infield positions left of first have a better throwing angle if they are right-handed. In general, fielding is easier or a wash in every position on the field. But batting is a different story…

Right-handed hitters have an advantage in that they pull the ball away from the base they are heading towards, but that’s the only possible advantage they have. Left-handers start out closer to first and pull the ball away from the runners in scoring-position. Left-handers are overrepresented in baseball thus skewing any result, but I wonder if there is a significant difference in batting averages and RBI numbers between right-handed hitters and left-handed hitters. Is one handedness more successful in one statistic than the other? Probably not, but it would be interesting to find out.

During today’s terrorist scare in DC, Whitehouse Spokesman Scott McClellan said that the President was bike-riding in a wildlife preserve in Maryland. I wonder… how much the security for Bush disturbs the people already there. If the visit is unannounced, perhaps the Secret Service relies on surprise to protect our president. Perhaps the Secret Service can provide a secure environment without removing everyone from the area.


I was just listening to the radio when a public service ad came on the air. It started talking about how fun it was playing with some dog. Then all of a sudden it’s like too bad you are in a wheelchair and didn’t wear your seatbelt, jerk. Seems rather cruel and a bit of a non-sequitor, but I suppose that makes it memorable.

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