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September 18, 2012

Wezen-Ball

Kevin Goldstein, Trendsetter

by Larry Granillo

Earlier this week, I got it in my mind that I finally needed to buy a real, actual (nice) stopwatch. Remembering that our very own Kevin Goldstein has a very strong opinion about what the best stopwatch is, I went searching for a tweet I remembered him sending out once where he voiced that opinion (I know, I know, I was shocked to see Kevin voice an opinion too!).

Here's that tweet I found, complete with the proper stopwatch make and model:

Lucky for me, Amazon sells that exact stopwatch. The page looks like this:

As I was getting ready to place the order, I noticed something interesting about the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought..." section. See if you can find what I'm talking about.

There's a big hint there. How about the next one?

Even better. More?

And it continues! How about the last one?

You know, I've always wondered how well Amazon's "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought..." section really worked. I'm a believer now!

And now Kevin has one more thing to add to his resume: trendsetter.

Related Content:  Kevin Goldstein

18 comments have been left for this article. (Click to hide comments)

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Mike Schieve

There is only 9 left in stock. I hope you ordered one.

Sep 18, 2012 05:36 AM
rating: 2
 
dianagram

Sadly, no recommendations for fedoras, fruity beers or mattresses.

Sep 18, 2012 05:37 AM
rating: 12
 
jimcal

Probably because Kevin didn't buy them on Amazon....otherwise would.

Sep 18, 2012 14:36 PM
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dianagram

Love this review:

Official stopwatch of the Up and In Podcast
December 3, 2011
By M. Ester
Color Name:Green|Amazon Verified Purchase
This stopwatch comes highly recommended by real baseball scouts. It is simple, reliable, and accurate. It has large buttons and an intuitive interface.

Sep 18, 2012 05:39 AM
rating: 7
 
pfe1223

That would be my review.

Sep 18, 2012 12:13 PM
rating: 1
 
Chad Supp

I bought it when Kevin originally recommended it on the podcast. Last year, I was a volunteer for my daughter's home gymnastics meet, and I was responsible for timing team warmups. When they tried to assign me one of their cheap orange stopwatches, I politely declined and produced my own green Accusplit. It did not provoke the type of reverential response I anticipated, but the stopwatch worked beautifully.

Sep 18, 2012 06:01 AM
rating: 12
 
BP staff member Ian Miller
BP staff

I, too, bought one on KG's recommendation. Mine is yellow.

Sep 18, 2012 08:45 AM
 
jimcal

Same here. I believe I contribute to Extra Innings too.

Sep 18, 2012 14:37 PM
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jhardman

Larry still rocks. I've always wanted to dig deep on Amazon purchases and this was perfect, saving me the trouble.

Sep 18, 2012 06:06 AM
rating: 1
 
abwinkel (Prague)

"WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs."

What does this have to do with Kevin?

Sep 18, 2012 06:18 AM
rating: 2
 
dianagram

There scouting kids younger and younger these days.

Sep 18, 2012 07:00 AM
rating: 5
 
R.A.Wagman

Considering that it was me that asked KG the question, and I did eventually purchase it from Amazon (.com, as they don't stock it in .ca), I should also point out that, at one time or another, I have also purchased through Amazon the 4th item on page 1, the 1st, 2nd and 4th items on page 2 (and I really should get the 3rd), the first two items on page 3 and the 1st item on page 4.

Sep 18, 2012 06:27 AM
rating: 5
 
genehuh

In addition to the AX725, I've purchased about 7 more of the listed items from Amazon. However, they should also list Disgaea 4 and Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4.

Sep 18, 2012 07:37 AM
rating: 1
 
jedjethro

One of the benefits of regularly visiting the BP page is finding blog treats like this .

Sep 18, 2012 08:55 AM
rating: 3
 
stockmaj

The books make sense I am curious, though, why someone who bought that item would the buy another stopwatch

Sep 18, 2012 13:37 PM
rating: 2
 
jimcal

The scouts I sat with usually have more than one stopwatch. You want someone you just ran into can have one too if she/he forgot theirs, or if the reliable stopwatch actually broke.

Sep 18, 2012 14:40 PM
rating: 0
 
Scherer

So, the upshot is that we should all buy Dewan's fielding bible?

Sep 18, 2012 17:32 PM
rating: 1
 
brucegilsen
(999)

I bought the Billy Bean autobiography on Amazon (the gay baseball player, not the Oakland GM).

A few weeks later, Amazon sent me a "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought..." e-mail for Brokeback Mountain.

Sep 22, 2012 03:15 AM
rating: 0
 
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