Welcome to SittingCurveball. Here, my goal is to help interpret what we all see on Major League baseball diamonds on a daily basis. As the great ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian says, the greatest thing about the greatest game on Earth is that every day you have an opportunity so see something nobody has ever seen before. No matter if it’s Yankees-Red Sox in October or Padres-Pirates in April, something historical might happen.
I hope to find those nuggets and learn about history in the process. Sure, everybody knew at the time of Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series that it was the only one ever thrown in the postseason. But, how many people at the Indians-Twins game on July 13, 1996 knew that this was the only game ever where a team had at least 9 men hit a double? SittingCurveball hopes to learn and subsequently teach about the place in history of some of the remarkable feats we are seeing.
After all, despite aesthetic changes here and there, the game has largely remained the same for over 100 years. Although it’s hard to imagine, Honus Wagner worked on his mechanics for the same goal as Alex Rodriguez. When Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants strode to the mound in attempt to win Game 1 of the 2010 World Series, he wanted the same thing as Chief Bender of the Philadelphia Athletics in Game 1 of the 1910 World Series. History has the power to connect people across time, and SittingCurveball is trying to help bridge the gap.