If you’re a baseball nut like me, your Twitter timeline has been chock full of roster moves, inane spring training game updates and fantasy baseball blather lately.
But there’s always a handful of tweets that catch my eye and lead my down the rabbit hole of the Internet as I follow shared links to a mix of odd, interesting and entertaining stories. This week we have a whopper of an eating challenge, partying in Korea, biased umpires (I knew it) and the world’s oldest former big leaguer:
- The Rays are giving away free tickets to anybody who can eat this burger (from Cork Gaines at Business Insider) – “This season the Rays are offering a 4-pound burger that comes with a pound of fries … Any fan that can eat the entire burger and all the fries will win two tickets to a future game and a t-shirt.”
- Korean baseball and the world’s greatest karaoke (from Tony Kitchen, Korean Language Blog) – “They pile in with coolers full of beer, pizzas, fried chicken, and they drink until the final out. If that’s not enough, what happens each time a player comes to bat, and between each pitch, is the most exciting atmosphere in sports. And no where is this more prevalent than at Sajik Stadium in Busan.”
- Major League Baseball umpires are biased when the stakes are high, shows Stanford research (from Stanford Business via Business Wire) – “The most biased umpires, for some borderline calls, are going from a 50-50 chance they’ll call a strike to calling balls basically every time in a two-strike count.”
- At 102, Connie Marrero, the oldest living former major leaguer, spends days in Cuba (from Rick Maese, Washington Post) – “He wears a ballcap each day, baseball shirts and can still grip the ball with his index and middle fingers spread wide. ‘Baseball is my life,’ he once said. ‘It’s in my soul.’ “