March 13, 2011
Back to Baseball
In a weekend filled with less-than-upbeat news, I thought I might try to brighten things up a bit by pointing out a fun new toy available on the internets. I first saw the site Back to Baseball linked over on Tom Tango's blog and then by Rob Neyer over at SB Nation, but it's something that may have been easy to miss for many people.
Back to Baseball is simply a baseball replay site, but the interface makes it fun to play with. Using data from Retrosheet games, the site gives you a visual replay of any game you want, even showing the players round the bases after home runs. Here, for example, is the first game I ever saw in Seattle, which included a grand slam from a young Alex Rodriguez. If you enjoy reliving games that you were at, or even seeing classic games play out in front of you, Back to Baseball is worth checking out.
And, since I can't seem to write a post these days without revealing just how big of a dork I am, here's a snippet of dialogue from an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that I can't help thinking about every time I describe how Back to Baseball works:
Dr. Paul Stubbs: Do you know baseball?
Great speech. And even if Dr. Stubbs might find using Back to Baseball to be a bit of a cheat, I still think it's worth checking out. It can only help the weekend get better, after all.