Interesting iPod. So you're saying that when the Cards are on, we pay closer attention to Pujols, only because we know what type of stats his skills can produce?
Originally Posted by iPod
Lets say that we find 10 baseball fans who have been on another planet (literally) for the past 10 years. They're all 50 years old, played baseball growing up, got hurt along the way, and got into coaching. Baseball is their passion. They pay attention to details. They know what it takes to make a great ballplayer.
Let's show them a highlight package of the 20 best hitters in the game (based on stats), except they have no idea who these hitters are, or that they indeed are the best. Every AB of the season from each hitter is shown to all 10 guys. No stats are given. The teams record isn't mentioned. Nothing except AB after AB. Would Albert not stand out even amongst the "top 20?"
In Saint Louis that summer (1920), three cowboys were ushered into the Yankee dressing room to meet Ruth. They told him they had ridden three days on horseback to catch a train in Wyoming. "Babe Ruth," one of them drawled, I’d have ridden all the way to Saint Louis to see you hit them home runs." - Kal Wagenheim