Monday September 12, 2011
Newsflash: New York Yankee Receives Less Attention than Other Ballplayer
Apparently Mariano Rivera, the great closer for the New York Yankees, is nearing the career mark in saves, and the sports press isn't jumping up and down. The New York Times, in the person of David Waldstein, scratches its head:
... there is little national focus on his accomplishment. The baseball world seems to be taking the event for granted.
He makes a few guesses. Is it because Mo has already been crowned the king of closers? (Eh.) Is it because saves is a relatively new stat, added in 1969, and people don't care about it so much? (Bingo.)
Then he puts his foot in it:
[Being first in saves] does not carry the cachet of home runs or hits, so the attention surrounding Riveraís quest to become the saves leader is mild compared with Derek Jeterís drive to become the 28th player with 3,000 hits, or even Jim Thomeís quest to become the eighth player with 600 home runs.
“Even” Jim Thome.
It's one thing to receive less attention than Derek Jeter, a fellow Yankee, and the 28th man in baseball history to do a thing (get 3,000 hits); but for a career Yankee to receive less attention than even Jim Thome, who was the 8th man in baseball history to do a thing (hit 600 homeruns), but who was never a Yankee, well, that's just not cricket. Or baseball. Or Yankees baseball.
Of course Waldstein never questions why the 28th man to do a thing would receive more attention than the 8th man to do a thing, because that would require thinking outside the box. Or the Bronx.
Mathematically, it reads like this: 1/28 > 1/8 <==> YANKEES SUCK.
Rivera's saves are receiving less attention than “even” Jim Thome's 600 homeruns.