Originally Posted by Lonnie Wheeler
Meanwhile, on the matter of numbers . . . Math--or more specifically, arithmetic (I peeled off at the onset of geometry)--always came naturally, and I suspected that baseball had a lot to do with it. I recall, maybe seventh grade, sitting in the back of the room with a baseball-minded friend as the teacher lobbed the class some basic ratios to convert to percentages. Three out of seven, he would say. "Forty two point nine," Ray and I would shout out together. Nine out of twenty-four. "Thirty seven point five." Simple batting averages. We didn't even have to think about it. In retrospect, maybe the inclination toward numbers preceded the one toward baseball; but I don't think so. Maybe they aren't really related; but I don't think so.
Lonnie, not quite numbers, but:
When I was very young, I first learned my left from my right by knowing the difference between left field and right field.
Where does Alex Johnson play? in LF, where does Pete Rose play? in RF.