Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Okay, so somebody at mlb.com wrote an article about the number 9, since tomorrow is 9/9/9. The headline is "Baseball revolves around number nine." Fine. But check out the subheadline:

It's everywhere, from innings in a game to players on the field

WHOA! Wwwwowsers, Penny. That is deep...how many on the field again?

You know when my band toured the country in 1999*, we got to our last stop in smoggy L.A., and there was a sign on the door saying that our show was canceled--the owner and everyone else decided they'd rather go to the 999 show! The weird thing is, I had just bought a record of theirs before we went on tour, and on the sleeve was a map of their U.S. tour. I wonder if THEY got to play L.A....

*it was really 2001 but for this post's sake we'll call it 1999.

to be honest, i was expecting you to point out that there are probably never actually nine players on the field, what with the batter and the baserunners and all. and even during infield warmups, someone is probably standing in the on-deck circle.

also, i thought you'd like this. http://gifts.cafepress.com/item/it-is-what-it-is-chef-apron/105261736
oh my god that is amazing....
as a fun coincidence, today's merriam-webster word of the day is

ennead • \EN-ee-ad\

: a group of nine

Example Sentence:

Immediately following the show, viewers will be able to call or text in their votes for their favorite among this ennead of remaining contestants.

Did you know?

Since ancient times, various groups of people have considered nine to be a very special and sacred number. Legends and literature have long characterized groups of nine as having a special, in some cases magical, significance. Ancient Egyptians organized their gods into groups of nine; even today, their principal group of gods (headed by sun god Re-Atum) is called the "Great Ennead of Heliopolis." The "Ennead" English speakers use in that name traces to "ennea," the Greek word for "nine." "Ennead" is also used generally to refer to other groups of ancient gods. Furthermore, it is the name given to six sets of nine treatises by Greek philosopher Plotinus that were collected and organized by his 3rd-century disciple, Porphyry.

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