Thursday, August 28, 2008

Line of the Day: Ty Wigginton

Ty Wigginton is like a freakin' cockroach. Every time you try to stomp him into fantasy irrelevancy, he skitters away only to emerge from some crack in the wall in the middle of August.

Ty Wigginton: 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 HR, 2 RBI

7 comments:

luis said...

amazing analogy. i've never heard pithier, or more precise, analysis of Ty's fantasy career. great.

Daniel Aubain said...

No love for Guzman's cycle?
In leagues that aren't 5x5, I'd take the cycle over the 2 bombs.

Ben Lea, staff blogger said...

Psychologists talk about something called "cognitive dissonance". While it's gotten some mis-application into the business world (I think due to a Dilbert strip), it can be defined as "the discomfort felt at a discrepancy between what you already know or believe, and new information or interpretation." (Definition from www.learningandteaching.info) Ideally, your mind adapts to the new information and changes what you know or believe to fit the new information, but in extreme instances, the new information is rejected as being so far outside the known or closely-held belief that it simply cannot have happened.

To better understand this, let's work through an example:
Known fact: Cristian Guzman, as a hitter, sucks.
New information: Cristian Guzman hits for the cycle.
New belief in adapted mind: Even a blind dog will find a rabbit every now and again.
New belief in unadapted mind: No, Cristian Guzman did not hit for the cycle.

In this case, I think either interpretation is fair.

Bob Taylor said...

Does anyone anywhere actually own Christian Guzman?! If so, pity them.

Daniel Aubain said...

He's owned in 51.5% of ESPN leagues.

Ben Lea, staff blogger said...

... which means that 48.5% of ESPN players have a leg up on their competition.

Vince said...

I'm winning my league with the double play combo of Ryan Theriot and Guzman.