Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cousin Jason's Baseball Related March Madness

With the NCAA Tourney a little more than 12 hours away, I thought it would be fun to start a RSM tradition by holding our own March Madness. It contemplated an All-Boston event but decided on the All-Baseball Bracket.  Our four regions will be baseball movies, baseball books, baseball stats, and baseball records.  We'll post our brackets and then allow fans to vote over the weekend.  At the end of next week, we'll post our Sweet 16 brackets and repeat the process, followed by our Final Four and Champion.

Let's Preview our Bracket.  Our four #1 Seeds are Major League in the Movie category, OPS in the Stat category, Joe DiMaggio's 56 Game Hitting Streak in the Records category, and The Curse of the Bambino in the Books category.  We also have Moneyball making an appearance as both a movie and a book. The criteria for choosing seeds was totally arbitrary.  The process for selecting winners is also arbitrary, whatever you feel like voting for will work, but we are going for which choice you like better.

In the Movie category we have the some intriguing match-ups, with #6 seed Eight Men Out looking like a possible upset candidate against #11 Fever Pitch.
In the Stats category all of the first round match-ups pair similar statistical tools, with #3 seed Stolen Bases representing traditional stats against the sabermetrical #14 seed Ultimate Base Running.

In the Book category we have a mix of Sox, classics, newer, obscure, and historical reads, with the 8/9 match-up featuring a couple of newer books, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach going up against Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s by Dan Epstein. Also I made an error in making up the bracket and misnamed Jonah Keri's The Extra 2%, The Other 2%...but hey it is about the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

In the Records category we again have match-ups of similar statistical records, with #7 seed of Kerry Wood and Roger Clemens 20 strikeout games facing off against #10 Orel Hershiser's 59 consecutive scoreless inning streak.

Vote for Movies here
Vote for Stats here
Vote for Books here
Vote for Records here

9 comments:

  1. This is awesome Jason, great idea! Way to come back with a bang!!

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    1. Thanks, hopefully it will be a hit. I see that you, Brandon, or both of you were pushing it hard on Twitter today.

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  2. When voting for movies, I'm guessing you meant the original "Angels in the Outfield" with Paul Douglas and a damn good-looking Janet Leigh.

    I'd add in "Bang the Drum Slowly" and "Long Gone" over "The Rookie" and "Summer Catch." But that's a nit-picking baseball dork talking.

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    1. Matt, it can be either "Angels in the Outfield." If that is the one that immediately jumps to your mind run with it. If Janet Leigh is as good-looking as you say I may have to peruse it. No love for Danny Glover though?

      I thought about "Bang the Drum Slowly" but, have never heard of "Long Gone." Paging IMDB

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    2. I like the Danny Glover version, but I'm biased because I saw the original version first. It's actually pretty funny. It was President Eisenhower's favorite movie.

      "Long Gone" has William L. Petersen before he was famous, as well as Dermot Mulroney (who was in "My Best Friend's Wedding," a movie that has a special place in my heart because it features Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz fighting over a sportswriter)

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    3. Ladies and Gentlemen, the smartest man in journalism, Matt DiFilippo! Either that or you spend all day watching movies, on the Google machine, and surfing IMDB. If this was Around the Horn, I would give you several points for the Ike reference. Well Done!

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    4. hahahaha. Thanks Jason. Like I told Travis last night, I have more useless information in my head than I know what to do with.

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  3. Jason, Before I even get around to voting, I have to tell you I am gonna be torn over your 8/9 matchup in books. Ironically, the last two baseball books I have read ( reference books excluded) are the Art of Fielding and Big Hair Plastic Grass. I highly recommend the both of these entries.

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    1. I read a sample of the Art of Fielding on my Kindle but have not read either of these. Maybe now that I am not coaching hoops, I'll have more time to read some of these books. Big Hair and Plastic Grass looks really interesting and appears to be about more than just baseball.

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