October 29, 2002
Just Asking . . . .

I wonder when the disgruntled Democrats who claim that Al Gore won the last election because he won the popular vote will notice that the Giants won the World Series. I mean the runs are what count, aren't they? All the other statistics are just statistics, but you win by outscoring the other team with runs. And the Giants outscored the Angels 44-41, a much larger margin than Gore's victory in the popular vote. They won the home run contest, too, 14-7.

I will now return this weblog to its previous status as a sports-free zone.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at October 29, 2002 06:33 PM

There was an mathematician or economist who used the baseball analogy before describing the mathematics behind the superiority of representative democracy; I don’t remember his name.

Posted by: Allan on October 29, 2002 10:11 PM

Thanks. I should have mentioned that the analogy is not new, and that there has been at least one World Series in which the losing team outscored the winning team by better than two to one. I haven't seen anyone use this year's Series as an example, though.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil on October 29, 2002 11:00 PM

During the 2000 dispute, someone (whose name I unfortunately don't remember) used the same analogy, with the 1960 World Series as the example. That was the one the Pirates won in Game 7 on Bill Mazeroski's home run, 10-9, but the Yankees outscored Pittsburgh by about a 2-1 margin.

Oh, and the Yankees fired Casey Stengel right after that. Bad omen for Al Gore?

Posted by: John on October 30, 2002 12:49 AM


Posted by: Andrew S. on October 30, 2002 02:05 AM