Joe and Michael talk a little baseball, argue about the Kansas City Royals, discuss why the St. Louis Cardinals are like the San Antonio Spurs and then, like always, have the most important draft in the history of the world.

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I disagree with Schur. Since we’re all agreeing that those other movies never happened, calling it Episode IV automatically implies that there were three other movies. This wasn’t a problem back in the 70s and 80s because we all assumed that it was a reference to three awesome movies that we just haven’t seen yet. It’s much more problematic now. The correct way to refer to the movie is either “Star Wars,” “the original,” or “A New Hope.” That’s it.

Nobody refers to The Empire Strikes Back as “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.” Think about it: If someone asked you what your favorite Star Wars movie was, would you respond, “Star Wars: Episode IV–A New Hope”? Of course not. You’d use one of the ones I already mentioned. Schur’s argument that it is the official name of the movie doesn’t make any sense, since no one refers to The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi by their official titles.

Kinda shocked no one took “infinity” as a number. Yes, I know that infinity is a concept and not a number. But we TREAT it like a number in pop culture. I kinda feel like, sometime in kindergarten, we switched from saying “a hundred” as the biggest number to “infinity.” It was fun. And as mind-blowing a concept as a billion is, think about infinity! Plus, infinity is a fun place to talk about Gabriel’s Horn (or Gabriel’s Trumpet), the geometric figure with finite volume and infinite area (in other words, you could fill the inside with paint like a bucket, but the outside is so big that it’s impossible to have enough paint to cover it). It’s pretty trippy. I would’ve taken it.

The infinity that usually appears first in math courses is the one that is used with the limit and integral symbols in calculus I and II, and that one is indeed a concept rather than a number. But infinity is rigorously a number in later math courses… it’s a cardinal number, an ordinal number and a surreal/hyperreal number. There are lots of infinities, though if you just say “infinity”, it can be often be assumed that you mean the smallest positive one. Yay numbers.

IIRC, Joe selected 1, 3, 7, 22, and 32, while Michael selected 0, pi, 13, 99, and 100.

They also mentioned 9,10, 21, and a billion.

Thus I can select post-draft the following, with a heavy emphasis on two great things in life – mathematics and sex: 2, e (Euler’s #), i (square root of -1), infinity, and 69.

I think all but 2 have obvious reasons. 2 is awesome because it takes two to make a thing go right. 2 is company. And 2 has many math properties (e.g., it’s the first prime number).

I’m disappointed Joe and Michael missed a big one.

42.

Now it’s understandable if neither have read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In HHGTG (SPOILERS) a supercomputer is built to answer the ultimate question of life, the universe, everything.

7.5 million years later it comes back with an answer. 42. Everyone is disappointed and the computer points out they didn’t really say what the actual question was but that this is surely the answer. More silliness ensues.

It is the answer to life, the universe, and everything

But the reason this number belongs in the draft is it also obviously has dual purpose as a sports number.

Jackie Robinson. Breaking the color barrier. The only number retired by every franchise in a particular US sport, Also worn by Mariano Rivera, a future hall of famer.

I disagree with Schur. Since we’re all agreeing that those other movies never happened, calling it Episode IV automatically implies that there were three other movies. This wasn’t a problem back in the 70s and 80s because we all assumed that it was a reference to three awesome movies that we just haven’t seen yet. It’s much more problematic now. The correct way to refer to the movie is either “Star Wars,” “the original,” or “A New Hope.” That’s it.

Nobody refers to The Empire Strikes Back as “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.” Think about it: If someone asked you what your favorite Star Wars movie was, would you respond, “Star Wars: Episode IV–A New Hope”? Of course not. You’d use one of the ones I already mentioned. Schur’s argument that it is the official name of the movie doesn’t make any sense, since no one refers to The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi by their official titles.

Kinda shocked no one took “infinity” as a number. Yes, I know that infinity is a concept and not a number. But we TREAT it like a number in pop culture. I kinda feel like, sometime in kindergarten, we switched from saying “a hundred” as the biggest number to “infinity.” It was fun. And as mind-blowing a concept as a billion is, think about infinity! Plus, infinity is a fun place to talk about Gabriel’s Horn (or Gabriel’s Trumpet), the geometric figure with finite volume and infinite area (in other words, you could fill the inside with paint like a bucket, but the outside is so big that it’s impossible to have enough paint to cover it). It’s pretty trippy. I would’ve taken it.

The infinity that usually appears first in math courses is the one that is used with the limit and integral symbols in calculus I and II, and that one is indeed a concept rather than a number. But infinity is rigorously a number in later math courses… it’s a cardinal number, an ordinal number and a surreal/hyperreal number. There are lots of infinities, though if you just say “infinity”, it can be often be assumed that you mean the smallest positive one. Yay numbers.

This was very entertaining!

–I watched Casablanca earlier this week; it was the husband who bet on 22 at the roulette wheel.

–99 is one of my favorite numbers because of So Taguchi.

Michael has you beat on math, Joe.

area = pi * r^2

circumference = 2pi * r = pi * d

IIRC, Joe selected 1, 3, 7, 22, and 32, while Michael selected 0, pi, 13, 99, and 100.

They also mentioned 9,10, 21, and a billion.

Thus I can select post-draft the following, with a heavy emphasis on two great things in life – mathematics and sex: 2, e (Euler’s #), i (square root of -1), infinity, and 69.

I think all but 2 have obvious reasons. 2 is awesome because it takes two to make a thing go right. 2 is company. And 2 has many math properties (e.g., it’s the first prime number).

I’m disappointed Joe and Michael missed a big one.

42.

Now it’s understandable if neither have read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In HHGTG (SPOILERS) a supercomputer is built to answer the ultimate question of life, the universe, everything.

7.5 million years later it comes back with an answer. 42. Everyone is disappointed and the computer points out they didn’t really say what the actual question was but that this is surely the answer. More silliness ensues.

It is the answer to life, the universe, and everything

Here’s the clip from the movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aboZctrHfK8

But the reason this number belongs in the draft is it also obviously has dual purpose as a sports number.

Jackie Robinson. Breaking the color barrier. The only number retired by every franchise in a particular US sport, Also worn by Mariano Rivera, a future hall of famer.