Repeat after me: no matter what Rush said, wind farms don’t cause global warming. But there may be some substance to the idea that warmer air allows baseballs to travel a bit further. These stories and more in this week’s green tech finds.
Article: Presidents and the first pitch
We’re about a month into the 2012 Major League Baseball season, which has been as disappointing so far as my beloved Red Sox (yes, the rumors are true…this die-hard Knicks fan and NYC fanboy bleeds the same red that Curt Schilling gave during our historic World Series run). My boys are sitting not-so-pretty in last place in their division. That annoyance aside, the start of another baseball season means yet another year of witnessing various VIPs, celebrities, and honored guests demonstrating their inability to properly throw a baseball 60 feet (Exhibit A). Presidents are also a part of this sports ritual. It started in 1910 when a paunchy William Howard Taft tossed out a ceremonial first pitch from the stands on the Washington Senators’ Opening Day (ceremonial first pitches were not originally tossed from the mound). The headline in the Washington Post the next day was, “TAFT TOSSES BALL. Crowd Cheers President’s Fine Delivery of the Sphere.” This might be the classiest headline ever written for a sports game.
Article: The art of the baseball bat
Vincent Kohler interprets the art of baseball literally with his series of 30 unique and intricately carved baseball bats…
There’s nothing more American than our love of baseball and…FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF. In yet further evidence of my irrefutable statement, a recent article by Baseball Prospectus, a site devoted to analyzing Major League Baseball statistics, became very popular. This article identified the specific real-life Cubs game that Ferris and Cameron attended when they played…
Article: Baseball Card Hall of Fame
I got some quality lolz from Baseball Card Hall of Fame, a website highlighting and paying tribute to various baseball cards. [Via]
The New York Times has an interesting interactive photo website of various fielders gloves from past World Series. Hover over any portion of a mitt to see a close up of that section. Above is Babe Ruth’s mitt from 1926. [ Editorializing alert] Go Giants!
Article: Own the Field of Dreams
The farmhouse from one of my all time favorite sports movies FIELD OF DREAMS is up for sale. RETRO SPOILER ALERT: That scene in the end where Kevin Costner’s dad asks him if he wants to play catch always brings me right to the edge of tearville. The owners Don and Becky Lansing are selling…
Article: Major league baseball's green season
As Robert Redford notes in the video above, the environmental footprint of major league baseball (or any professional sport) is “formidable”: from the energy to run the stadium, to the gas consumed by fans traveling to a game, to water used in bathrooms and to keep field grass green, many resources go into the production of America’s national pastime. Yesterday, the partnership between MLB and the NRDC announced a significant initiative to assess and address that footprint: “…a comprehensive software system to collect and analyze stadium operations data to develop and distribute best practice information across the 30 Clubs” that will go into use this season.
Article: Green tech finds (1/14/10)
We’ve still got a ways to go until Spring, but we do have baseball and beer for you at this week’s green tech finds:
- A green Mercedes on the way?: We’ll have to see, but Daimler, the brand’s owner, says it plans to challenge BMW’s supremacy in the “green luxury” market by putting half of its $6.4 R&D budget for 2010 into green tech.
- Rainwater recycling comes to baseball: The Minnesota Twins’ new stadium will feature a rainwater collection and purification system. The water will be used for washing down stands and irrigating the fields (see the video above). (via CNET Green Tech)
Brooklyn artist James Blagden created a terrific short film that animates former major league pitcher Dock Ellis’ entertaining narration of his infamous no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the San Diego Padres in 1970 while he was “high as a Georgia pie,” or specifically under the influence of LSD. After retiring, he later worked as…