Posted By Jeff Fletcher on January 17, 2009 6:00 am
A weekly look at stuff other than baseball (if you’re into that sort of thing)…
Since this is the first installment of the Saturday Sideshow, this is a good time to tell you a little more about me. I’m not just some guy who sits at his computer all day sifting through Baseball Prospectus.
Poker is really a lot like baseball. You know, with the sunglasses. No, just kidding. Poker is a game about doing a million small things right and judging your performance in the end. Good poker players lose money the same way good baseball players have slumps. In both areas, the key is to evaluate the looong term. You also have to be very patient, but aggressive at the right moment. (Moneyball!)
Poker is well suited for the statistical-minded, mathy types, many of whom are also baseball fans. In fact, Nate Silver, well-known baseball stat geek (he invented PECOTA), is also quite an accomplished poker player. At least, according to Wikipedia he is.
While I’m on the topic, if you want to plan a poker party or casino night for your friends or your company, you should definitely call these guys. They run the best Vegas nights in the Bay Area. Plus, if you use them, you never know when you might run into your favorite baseball blogger.
On to other things…
- Scott Eyre is an early darkhorse for the Hall of Fame. He has at least three Hall of Fame voters (cough cough) as friends on Facebook. I don’t get the whole Facebook thing. I’m on there, but about one-third of my “friends” are people I don’t even remember from high school. Hopefully now they’ll be impressed that I’ve got a friend in the major leagues.
- If you wanna get really ticked off, read this. It’s a column in the LA Times in which the writer suggests that people who claim to have food allergies are just making it up in an effort to get attention. Speaking as the parent of a kid who has a potentially life threatening allergy to peanuts, that’s just crazy. Believe me, carrying around an Epi-pen and bringing my kid to parties with his own cupcake is not the kind of attention I need.
- Damn Osama bin Laden got to the geese. Now all the geese are going to be pulled out of airport security lines for “random” searches. Then the other birds are going to be protesting that they get lumped in with the geese: “You think just ‘cuz we have wings we’re all the same!”
- Finally, a special thanks to all of you who have helped get this blog off the ground in the first couple of weeks, especially those of you who have not only read it, but referred others. A super special thanks to this guy. With your help, I’ve so far been able to generate enough ad revenue to buy myself a really nice, top-of-the line … golf ball. Baby steps.