Baseball All-Star Alex Rodriguez travels everywhere with his iPhone and iPad, enjoys engaging with his 2 million Instagram followers, is thrilled with his investments in Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix, and describes the issues facing Silicon Valley -- like privacy and security -- as short-term "noise" around companies and services that are "not going anywhere."And while he thinks there's a lot to learn from data -- or sabermetrics, the use of stats to track and analyze baseball -- A-Rod also believes tech creates a "blind spot" that doesn't factor in people's passion and commitment. Tech shouldn't override people and their instincts when choosing players and strategies, which is also why he's against using automated strike zones in baseball instead of having human umpires call balls and strikes. "I'm not a fan of it," Rodriguez said in an interview Tuesday. "It's a human game."After spending the morning with Jennifer Lopez at Stanford University to recruit for the real estate and … [Read more...] about Alex Rodriguez ‘not a fan’ of tech in the strike zone
Longest baseball game in history
Denver's Mile High Stadium has a reputation as the mecca of ultra-long field goals. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images It's a fine afternoon in the Mile High City. Behind quarterback Peyton Manning's explosive offense, the Denver Broncos have amassed a 10-2 record. Today they're hosting the Tennessee Titans, a squad that's lost three of its past four games. The Titans have put up a good fight over the first half-hour of gameplay. Three seconds before halftime, the score is Tennessee 21, Denver 17. Enter Broncos kicker Matt Prater. Trotting out to the Denver 46-yard line, he readies himself for the play of his life. A mighty kick sends the ball soaring end-over-end across the field as a nervous crowd holds its breath. And then the place erupts. With ease, the ball sails through the yellow crossbar in Tennessee's endzone. It's the longest completed field goal in NFL history, a perfectly made 64-yard (58.5-meter) drill. Perhaps emboldened by Prater's heroics, the Broncos go on to crush the … [Read more...] about Physics and Football: How Denver’s Altitude Affects Field Goals
Sammy Sosa hit 50 home runs during the 2000 baseball season. ©SportsPic For New York baseball fans, the 2000 baseball season Mets-Yankees Subway Series was a match made in heaven. However, if you weren’t from the Big Apple, you might not have cared that much -- and that dichotomy expressed baseball’s big problem moving into the 21st century. Some small-market franchises struggled to compete, while some felt that the balance of power had swung permanently to baseball’s biggest markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Those four areas did account for five of the eight playoff teams in 2000. But while New York and the Bay Area each produced two division champions, other big cities saw their teams sputter. Despite the second-highest payroll in the game, the Dodgers couldn’t bring home a title. The Cubs were a sad 65-97 even though Sammy Sosa led the majors with 50 homers. Anaheim hung tough, but too many unhealthy veterans … [Read more...] about 2000 Baseball Season
Image Gallery: Evolution of TV A camera crew films athletes at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the first sporting event to be shown on television. See more pictures of TV's evolution. Hulton Archive/Getty Images You might picture decades of radio-bound sports broadcasting -- the '30s stereotype of kids sitting cross-legged in front of a 3-foot-tall radio that let them listen to the Yankees game right after Little Orphan Annie. But in reality, there were only 18 years between the first radio broadcast and the first TV broadcast of a live sporting event. Radio took off in 1921 when the station KDKA in Pittsburgh started broadcasting boxing (Johnny Dundee versus Johnny Ray), followed soon by baseball (the Pirates versus the Phillies) and, not much later, college football (the University of Pittsburgh versus West Virginia). But that's beside the point. You know about the Cold War race to space (USSR 1; USA 0), but did you know about the 1930s race to sports television? The world's … [Read more...] about What was the first televised sporting event?
The 1939 baseball season marked a turning point in the history of the American League, as it lost one of its greatest players, Lou Gehrig, and gained another, Ted Williams. Gehrig's teammates had noticed something wrong with their 35-year-old leader early in the 1938 season when the ball no longer jumped off his bat. He had rallied to finish with only slightly sub-par numbers: a .295 batting average, 114 RBI, and 29 homers. Ted Williams was electedinto Baseball’s Hall ofFame in 1966. Steadily deteriorating from the start of spring training in 1939 through eight games into the regular season, the "Iron Horse" finally called it quits, ending baseball's longest consecutive-game streak at 2,130. Shortly afterward, he was diagnosed with the disease that carries his name. On July 4, Lou Gehrig was given the day at Yankee Stadium at which he delivered his famous line: "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth," He was dead by 1941. Gehrig retired with a .340 … [Read more...] about 1939 Baseball Season