Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Spoiled Rotten

Are people tougher than they were 50 years ago, or weaker? Seems like all the old-time Olympic records have been absolutely eclipsed by modern records. The modern athlete is faster and stronger than his earlier counterparts. Even without performance enhancements.

So why do I keep hearing the stupidest fucking term ever when people talk about the world series? The phrase "three-days rest" has been overused so much I may vomit if I hear it again.

Until fairly recently there was no such term as "three-days rest." Because three days was the NORMAL rest time. All teams used four-man pitching rotations with three days between every start. Not to mention that most of this time was before the advent of frequent relief pitching. So all pitchers had three days between nine innings of pitching, more if the game went into extra innings.

Now a guy has an "effective" start if he pitches at least six innings every five days? Did all major league pitchers become spoiled rotten little wimps? They're not pussies, they're professional athletes.

Both of these pitching staffs will have a hundred days rest after the series is over, and I'm thinking that will be after tonight.


jjok said...


That drives me nuts too.

donkeypuncher said...

Yeah, I'm with you. But that's how the players are conditioned now. Because of specialization (setup men, closers), pitchers and their expensive arms aren't expected to go the distance anymore.

Take a look at Fergie Jenkins stats sometime. Here's a quick highlight: From 1967-1972 here are his complete games numbers:
20, 20, 23, 24, 30!, 23.

donkeypuncher said...

And do you know how long it took for me to figure out what my username/password are for commenting? Sweet Jebus.