The Quantum Pontiff

Baseball Season Has Begun

You know you are spoiled when the place to put your beer is the top of the dugout:
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So close, the kid next to me waved at Ichiro as he returned to dugout and Ichiro waved back. Oh, and the guy with the two foot tall Ichiro bobble head doll was kind of scary.

Comments

  1. #1 Kevin W. Parker
    April 18, 2008

    Hey, I put my stuff on top of the dugout all the time! Of course, most of the time when I go to baseball games it’s the local AA team….

  2. #2 Darren Stevens
    April 18, 2008

    “You know you are spoiled when the place to put your beer is the top of the dugout…”

    …then you realize it’s not that great, because, great seats or not, you’re still watching the Mariners…

  3. #3 Jonathan Vos Post
    April 18, 2008

    Interesting that there are (including the no-pitch at bat) exactly 64 values in the below. 6 bits. So what has Baseball been computing all these years?

    A136407 Valid strings, in lexicographic order, of Balls (“1″) and Strikes (“2″) in a Baseball at bat. Numbers that contain only 1′s and 2′s never exceeding 3 total 2′s or 4 total 1′s, whichever comes first.”

    1 1
    2 2
    3 11
    4 12
    5 21
    6 22
    7 111
    8 112
    9 121
    10 122
    11 211
    12 212
    13 221
    14 222
    15 1111
    16 1112
    17 1121
    18 1122
    19 1211
    20 1212
    21 1221
    22 1222
    23 2111
    24 2112
    25 2121
    26 2122
    27 2211
    28 2212
    29 11121
    30 11122
    31 11211
    32 11212
    33 11221
    34 11222
    35 12111
    36 12112
    37 12121
    38 12122
    39 12211
    40 12212
    41 21111
    42 21112
    43 21121
    44 21122
    45 21211
    46 21212
    47 21221
    48 22111
    49 22112
    50 111221
    51 111222
    52 112121
    53 112122
    54 112211
    55 112212
    56 121121
    57 121122
    58 121211
    59 121212
    60 122111
    61 122112
    62 221111
    63 221112

    COMMENT

    The string can be too short to have either 3 total 2′s or 4 total 1′s, because the batter can be out in various ways, or on base in various ways (hit by pitched ball, balk) before the at bat ends with strikout or walk. A proper subset of A007931.

    LINKS

    Jonathan Vos Post (jvospost3(AT)gmail.com), Mar 31 2008, Table of n, a(n) for n = 1..63
    EXAMPLE

    a(14) = 222 represents a strikeout in 3 consecutive pitches. a(15) = 1111 represents a walk in 4 consecutive pitches.

    2221 is the lexicographically first element of A007931 not in this sequence, since after 3 strikes the batter is out, and there is no 4th pitch in the at bat.

    11111 is the lexicographically first element of A007931 without a 2 not in this sequence, since after 4 balls the batter walks, and there is no 5th pitch in the at bat. Technically, this sequence contains the null string (the batter is out without a pitch being thrown, in several ways) but that is not properly represented as a string of 1s and 2s in OEIS.

    CROSSREFS
    Cf. A115380, A121379, A121403.

    KEYWORD
    base,easy,fini,nonn,new

    AUTHOR
    Jonathan Vos Post (jvospost3(AT)gmail.com), Mar 31 2008

  4. #4 Dave Bacon
    April 18, 2008

    There is also another team of the field :) I smell jealousy :)

  5. #5 Carl Brannen
    April 21, 2008

    Mariners are going to do okay this year. Can’t have all the teams win the world series every year (or decade).

    My favorite seats are higher where you get a view of the action from above. At the same height as the media, on the 1st base side.

    And if I’m going to go, I want to arrive early enough that I can watch the atheletes stretch and warm up, and stay long enough to watch the closing of the roof.