First thing’s first. Vin Scully is back for his 66th season calling Dodger baseball. It’s okay if that makes you excited in a “my pants fit tighter” kinda way. I feel the same.
Uncle Vin’s return means we get another season of gems like tonight’s final word on sabermetrics. For those who don’t know, sabermetrics looks at baseball from a purely statistical lens. Essentially, dudes who follow sabermetrics were rooting for the fucking machines in the Matrix trilogy. Actually, by the third film, I was rooting for the machines. ‘Matrix Revolutions’ was a pile of shit. Okay, back on topic.
During the end of his tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies, new Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins was moved from the leadoff spot to 2nd in the batting order. Why? Because the numbers said so.
Uncle Vin doesn’t agree. Why? It doesn’t matter. He’s Vin Scully. He’s right, and sabermetrics is crap. End of debate.