Thursday, December 19, 2013

A New Way To Be Wrong About An Old Thing

We've talked about how the Red Sox have won 3 titles in 10 years, which some people say as 9 years because they subtract 2004 from 2013 and come up with 9, not realizing that the range is 2004-2013 "inclusive." Well yesterday on the radio, I heard a know-it-all type note how the Red Sox have won 3 times in "a little more than a decade." No! He's overcompensating and not giving them enough credit! He is clearly thinking about the fact that we won the first of the three on October 27th, 2004, and then won the third on October 30th, 2013, and thinking that in calendar years, the actual winning of the titles came slightly more (three days) than x years apart. But he's filling in a 10, instead of a 9, which would be correct in that case!

There's no way it's more than a decade. Even if you start on January 1st of '04, which is before that year's baseball season started, and go through December 31st of 2013, which is after that year's season ended, you're still talking about a decade. And we won three times within that span with room to spare.

So let's review:

We've won 3 times in 9 years and 3 days on the calendar if you're only counting from moment-of-first-clich through moment-of-last-clinch.

We've won 3 times out of the last 10 baseball seasons if you know what the hell you're talking about.

And we've had 3 complete winning seasons within the last 10 January-December calendar years.

None of those suggest anything about the 3 titles took more than 10 years.*

*Unless you consider the '04 season starting the day after the '03 season ended. But come on, if you're gonna talk about when work began on creating the 2004 championship, you'd have to go back much farther than that.


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