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Thursday, August 09, 2021

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As Barry Bonds proceeds past his 756th (and counting) home run ball and toward the 3,000-hit plateau, the pitcher he turned into a trivia answer mulls his place in baseball history. Washington Nationals hurler Mike Bacsik is taking in his awkward fame-by-association status with self-deprecating perspective.

He drops a further historical tidbit in the career home run crown saga:

He can only relate to Bonds on one level. Both of them had fathers in the major leagues. Bacsik’s father, Mike, played five major league seasons and faced Hank Aaron in 1976, when Aaron was stuck on 755 home runs.

“If my dad would have been gracious enough to let Hank Aaron hit a home run, we’d both have given up 756,” Bacsik said.

Of course, if the senior Bacsik had coughed up a 756th homer to Aaron, then its likely that his son wouldn’t have been in a position thirty-one years later to serve up Bonds’ requisite 757th record-breaker. If you ignore counterfactual chaos theory and other historical metaphysical theories.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/09/2021 06:26 PM
Category: Baseball
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Looks like the Segway fad has run its course. How else to explain why the Segway Enthusiasts Group of America has up and died from lack of participation?

The fine print is that SEG America is undergoing a “significant transformation”, with Segway itself lending aid. Translation: The club is turning over all organizational assets to the scooter company, and the company will turn that over to its marketing department, and that’s the end of that.

For what it’s worth, I’ve had exactly one single Segway sighting in New York in the year-and-a-half I’ve been here. I’d think more would be puttering around the concrete jungle, especially given the local demand for alternate forms of transportation.

So I’m not too surprised by the slow death represented here. Segway’s well on its way to becoming a quaint historical cul-de-sac in personal transportation development.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/09/2021 05:50 PM
Category: Society, Tech
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