Comments on: Baseball http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4313 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: tbc82 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4313/comment-page-1#comment-11114 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 22:36:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4313#comment-11114 I don't think I really had a definitive "moment" but I do remember a few certain times in my formative years... The first game I remember attending was in 1990 at Atlanta Fulton Co. Stadium. It was before the Murphy trade, and I got to see him as well as rookie sensation David Justice hit home runs. A talented young pitcher named John Smoltz got the win.

I really started following game-by-game in 1991 when I was 8 and the Braves started playing good baseball.

I wasn't old enough to have watched it live, but around that same time I continuously made my mom check out the 1986 world series highlight video from the local library...there are still certain replays and quotes from the broadcasters that are ingrained in my mind, and I feel like I watched it firsthand.

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By: Steve http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4313/comment-page-1#comment-10993 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 20:09:49 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4313#comment-10993 For me it was Maris and Mantle chasing the Babe in '61. I had watched baseball on TV before that, and even played Little League, but that's the season I fell in love (and learned to read a box score). My first ML game was a Koufax victory against the Giants... http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN196606180.shtml Despite it's ups and downs, times when my interest waxes and wanes, I always come back.

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By: CJ http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4313/comment-page-1#comment-10992 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 19:58:29 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4313#comment-10992 I don't really ever remember not being a baseball fan. I grew up in New York and my dad was a big Dodgers fan. In my formative baseball years (5-9), though, the Dodgers (& Giants) had moved to California and the Mets weren't around yet, so I became a Yankee fan pretty much by default (much to my father's chagrin). It didn't hurt that they won the pennant every year during that period ('60-'64). The Mick was my hero and it was a big disappointment when I realized that I'd never take his place in center field :-). My dad's company had box seats at the Stadium and my first few live games were there (until the Mets showed up and we went to Shea instead).

The slower pace of baseball is one of the attractions for me. It's much easier (for me anyhow) to follow all of the action than in other major sports. There's time to think about the next move before the play starts and second-guess the player or manager. And of course, there's all of the stats to play with!

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By: mitch http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4313/comment-page-1#comment-10971 Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:39:45 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4313#comment-10971 When i was 9 years old watching the 2000 world series with my dad. my dad is a HUGE mets fan and that set the tone for a life full of met missery to me!

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By: Davgie http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4313/comment-page-1#comment-10958 Sat, 30 Jan 2010 03:27:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4313#comment-10958 1976 WS, I was 11 my younger brother was 10, we were pretty much like twins. Did everything together including getting picked on unmercifully by our older brother. Well he was a HUGE Yankee fan and that year they made their first series appearance in a long time and he let everyone know how they were going to trash the Reds. Needless to say, we (my younger brother and I) watched and quietly exalted as the Big Red Machine swept them! I initially became a Red fan later switching to the Mets when the Gooden and Strawberry era started. My hatred for the Yankees has continued to this day though.

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By: Chuck-e http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4313/comment-page-1#comment-10955 Sat, 30 Jan 2010 01:48:09 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4313#comment-10955 When I was seven years old, in 1974, I was being treated at the local hospital for a tonsillectomy. My dad (a welder) was working on an addition to the hospital while I was being treated! On April 8, 1974, I went in to have my tonsils removed. I was worried---not because I was undergoing surgery, but because I might miss the game that night! Hank Aaron was going for #715!! My dad walked across the roof of the hospital where he was working, snuck in through the window, and made sure he brought me some food and had me awake when the game started. I remember Henry hitting the homer, then I went to sleep for about 20 hours!

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4313/comment-page-1#comment-10953 Sat, 30 Jan 2010 00:32:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4313#comment-10953 That was the third game of Kirby Puckett's career.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4313/comment-page-1#comment-10952 Sat, 30 Jan 2010 00:31:09 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4313#comment-10952 Brad, this looks like the best bet for your game, based on your vague memories: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL198405110.shtml

Yount homered, Fingers closed out a Moose Haas victory vs the Twins. Friday game, which seems likely for a kid to attend (as opposed to school night).

Fingers only pitched 16 home games that season. Since that seems to be what you're sure of, you could check all of them to see if anything else spurs your memory. Yount homered in one other, on June 26.

Ladd's one start was on the road, so that wasn't the game.

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By: Brad Henry http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4313/comment-page-1#comment-10951 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 21:18:59 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4313#comment-10951 1984 - Brewers game at old County Stadium. I always thought Pete Ladd took the start, but he only started one game in his career, so odds are this wasn't the one. Probably was Moose Haas. I'll never forget that first moment of looking through the tunnel and seeing that field, though. Magical! I know Rollie Fingers pitched, and I feel like Yount hit a dinger. Maybe the P-I can piece together the mystery. Or maybe I've concocted this fantasy game in my head. In any event, regardless of who pitched, who hit what, or even who won the game (no recollection of that), baseball had me hooked 4-LIFE.

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By: Steve Flanders http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4313/comment-page-1#comment-10948 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 16:54:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4313#comment-10948 In the summer of '68, I was just about to enter kindergarten. On a rainy Saturday, my dad was watching a Cubs game (we lived in Michigan at the time, so I have to believe it was the NBC Game of the Week) and had me watch the game with him while we drank grape soda out of a can (my mom was out; she would never have let me drink from a can). The whole thing felt very grown-up. To this day, I have an abiding love for grape soda, my dad and baseball and I trace it all back to that rainy Saturday in Battle Creek, MI.

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