We all know baseball is pretty much all about stats. Hell, those of us old enough to remember Strat-O-Matic know that once you have stats, you dont even need the players. And for the most part, I can see the utility in almost all of the numbers - both the “root” numbers (ERA, RBIs, Batting Average, etc.) and the ever-increasing legion of “derived” stats (WHIP, OPS, GPA, and ol’ MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O).
But why the HELL do they bother with “time of first pitch”? Its in the box scores, they announce it over the PA at the park, and if you listen to the game on the radio the announcers always note it with breathless reverence “for those keeping score at home”*.
So … I turn it over to the great sporting minds and baseball sachems that frequent the SDMBs. Why bother with this incredibly useless bit of trivia?
*NOTE: If you ever wondered who those sad souls were who “kept score at home”, well, I was one of them. Religiously.