Ladies, if you're heading to the bars to watch the game tonight (and hoping to impress the baseball-obsessed dudes there), do your homework. Met third baseman, hottie and new face of Vitamin Water David Wright offers tips on how to master the guy-speak.
1. KNOW THE TERMINOLOGY "What impresses me is not a girl who knows the in-depth things about baseball, but the general terminology. You get a hit and you end up on first, and it's a single. You end up on second, it's a double, and you end up on third, it's a triple. If you make it all the way around, it's a home run," Wright counsels.
2. KNOW A FUN FACT ABOUT THE TEAM YOU'RE WATCHING "We're playing the Dodgers. They were the wild card winner from the National League West. They were originally from Brooklyn. If they really want to impress the guy, here is a fun fact. The Mets' colors are orange and blue. We got our blue from the Dodgers when they left New York; we took the orange from the Giants when they were in New York."
3. KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT "The first round we play the Dodgers. It's a five-game series. This is called the National League divisional series, and if you win three of these games you move on. The winner of the Mets-Dodgers series plays the winner of the Cardinals-Padres series. The winner of that [series] plays in the World Series."
4. KNOW THE ODDS "We match up with the Dodgers really well. We're kind of the same team. We have a lot of speed in our lineup; they have a lot of speed in their lineup. They have power; we have power."
5. KNOW THE PLAYERS "Players to look out for on the Dodgers: They have Nomar Garciaparra, who is a little hurt right now, but will probably play. They have a very good pitching staff. They have Brad Penny and Derek Lowe. They have J.D. Drew, a good outfielder." Mets ace Pedro Martinez is injured and will be out for the rest of the season, but the men in orange and blue still have Jose Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran.
6. CLINCH THE DEAL WITH THE MOST OBSCURE RULE IN BASEBALL: THE INFIELD FLY RULE If there are runners on first and second, or the bases are loaded (i.e. runners on first, second and third), any fly ball within the infield is automatically an out. That prevents infielders from dropping the ball on purpose to cause a double play. The rule applies only with fewer than two outs.
If you make it all the way around, it's a home runBy June, at 1:13 PM <$BlogItemControl$>
too easy ... must ... resist ...
memo to self: if i ever meet david wright, put on best kelly kapoor act and tell david how smart he is and the article explained sooooo muchBy lupe_velez, at 5:21 PM <$BlogItemControl$>
I do have a soft spot for DudleyDoWright as you know, so I choose to believe that the writer of the article asked a lot of leading questions, and/or instructed him, to severely dumb down the responses a la Kids on Deck.By June, at 8:02 PM <$BlogItemControl$>
um, so i'm way late on this and all, but wtf?By , at 2:47 PM <$BlogItemControl$>
"What impresses me is not a girl who knows the in-depth things about baseball, but the general terminology."
no smart baseball chicks need apply! who needs to know the meaning of those silly stats anyway?
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