Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Top 10 of 2013

2014 is here, so here's a look back on the top ten posts of 2013.

10. Overcoming political differences: Everyone hates Justin Bieber: 5/10
Public Policy Polling researched different artists and did crosstabs with political parties. The results were unsurprising and I wrote two paragraphs on it.

9. The future is here: public and private transportation options bringing people back to the city: 7/5
This was one of my favorite posts of the year, and a topic that I hope to be discussing more in the future.

8. John Lackey, Cole Hamels latest examples that pitcher wins are dumb: 8/28
The last edition in a long series of rants against the inherent foolishness in using the "win" statistic as a basis for evaluating pitchers.

7. Examining the Morse - Jaso - Cole deal: 1/18
The gist of this post was that the addition of Morse to the Mariners didn't make much sense in context. Morse ended up playing so poorly that it ended up being a bad deal for them in almost any context.

6. Trevor Bauer's endearingly awful rapping and its context: 2/14
Happy Valentine's Day? There were a lot of points I tried to make in this point, but Bauer didn't do much for his status as a cultural flashpoint by underachieving at Triple-A.

5. Koji Uehara is better than Jonathan Papelbon: 6/28
My most prescient post of the season, and probably of my entire life. It's amazing how unquestionably obvious the name of this post seems only six months after I wrote it. Some people actually thought that Jonathan Papelbon should be a target for the Red Sox in in July because Uehara didn't have the closer's mentality. What a crock.

4. How to fire a terrible umpire?: 5/10
I still don't know, but Angel Hernandez still stinks and still has a job.

3. Los Angeles Architecture and Design Museum: Astutely ironic, or just terrible? 6/23
My California friends just paid a visit this past week, and we had a good laugh over this place. I can't stress enough that this was the worst exhibit, either as art or as history, that I'd ever paid money for.

2. 10/4/13 playoff marathon liveblog!: 10/4
My annual marathon liveblog was once again a blast. And people loved it! Or at least clicked on it.

1. Red Sox assign new uniform numbers! 1/3
The 2014 edition should arrive shortly! What number will Xander Bogaerts get? Stay tuned to find out.

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