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Yesterday, while Austin Pruitt battled Dallas Keuchel in Texas, Neil Solondz asked the big question. Was this the first time two pitchers bearing the name of a cities faced each other in the state where those cities were located.

Diane Firstman, of Value Over Replacement Grit, had the answer: “No.”

But last night was probably the most satisfying example, and certainly the most populous one. Dennis, Massachusetts looks like a lovely beach town, but its Wikipedia page specifies how many post offices there are.

Oh, and here’s a side note. Definitely not prompted by anything in particular. Evan Longoria is a fantastic baseball player, he seems like a good guy, and I’m really happy the Rays were able to sign him to that long-term deal.

And one more note, apropos of nothing. I think there’s room in baseball for many different styles of leadership. As in pretty much every other setting, diversity is a strength.


  • Austin Pruitt was justifiably stoked about his performance in front of a hometown crowd. And he gives a good interview.