Reader email of the day

DMZ · May 29, 2008 at 11:20 am · Filed Under Mariners 

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Hi, very infrequent commenter here (Isaac is my screen name). We’re liveblogging the spelling bee over at I wouldn’t bother you with this except that 11-year-old Karen Laska of Wheeling, West Virginia just correctly spelled “sabermetrics” in the first oral round, thus outdoing the entirety of the Mariners front-office staff.


23 Responses to “Reader email of the day”

  1. aaron c. on May 29th, 2008 11:23 am

    This is one of the top five most hilarious things ever posted at USSM.

  2. OppositeField on May 29th, 2008 11:26 am


  3. Carson on May 29th, 2008 11:27 am

    lmao. I just got some strange looks in the office. I laughed fairly loud at that.

  4. bakomariner on May 29th, 2008 11:28 am

    That’s rad…one of the funniest things ever…

  5. PositivePaul on May 29th, 2008 11:39 am


    Doesn’t surprise me though. They misspell “ERA” all the time, too…

  6. Jeff Nye on May 29th, 2008 11:42 am

    Hah! Let’s hire her.

  7. BurkeForPres on May 29th, 2008 11:51 am

    Hahahahaha! So awesome. Genius even. Great find.

  8. JerBear on May 29th, 2008 12:00 pm

    That’s freaking awesome. Go spelling bees.

  9. Shrike on May 29th, 2008 12:00 pm

    I rarely laugh out loud when reading stuff online.

    This was one of those times.

  10. mkd on May 29th, 2008 12:01 pm

    Moderator: OK Billy, your word is “Sabermetric”

    Little Billy Bavasi: Sabermetric, c-h-e-m-i-s-t-r-y, Sabermetric

    Moderator: No I’m sorry that is incorrect, please leave the stage- Johnny, the word is “Sabermetric”

    Little Johnny MacLaren: Sabermetric, m-i-g-u-e-l-c-a-i-r-o, Sabermetric.

    Moderator: No I’m sorry that is really really incorrect- Theo, the word is still “Sabermetric”

    Little Theo Epstein: Sabermetric, t-w-o-w-o-r-l-d-s-e-r-i-e-s-r-i-n-g-s, Sabermetric.

    Moderator: Congratulations! According to our judges that is an acceptable alternate spelling.

    Little Theo Epstein: Hooray!

    Mariner fans everywhere: Competency, p-a-u-l-d-e-p-o-d-e-s-t-a, Competency

  11. G-Man on May 29th, 2008 12:11 pm


    Now, back to Geoff Baker’s current blog post: to blow up this team, or not to blow up thsi team, that is the question.

  12. joser on May 29th, 2008 12:19 pm

    Weird, I always thought it was Sabrmetrics (and that some people spelled it with an “e” because they were ignorant of the acronymic origin of the term).

  13. Benne on May 29th, 2008 1:00 pm

    Awesome. It’s posts like these that keep me interested in the M’s even as the season goes down the toilet.

  14. Tom on May 29th, 2008 1:13 pm

    That’s nothing!!!

    I went to the Mariners game 2 nights ago, and I was sitting right in front of a 5-7 year old who is a Red Sox fan. And this is one of those kids that is curious about each and every thing he observes and he’s always asking questions and making odd comments and all that.

    And he says during the first inning when Manny is up or something:

    “You shouldn’t swing at the first pitch unless you really like it? Right Dad?”

    And I was laughing to myself and saying to myself:
    “Wow! This 5 to 7 year old kid has something figured out that 20 to 40 year old men on this team can’t figure out!!!!!”

  15. bratman on May 29th, 2008 1:15 pm

    how many more runs than bavasi do you think this kid is worth?

  16. Tom on May 29th, 2008 1:37 pm


    With this current bunch, probably a few more.

    With 2 more power guys that can hit for average as well, a lot more.

  17. xxtinynickxx on May 29th, 2008 1:59 pm


  18. jlc on May 29th, 2008 2:10 pm

    Poor Karen Laska, she’s going to end up living in her mother’s basement the rest of her life…

    BTW, why is it always a “mother’s” basement. Don’t we geeks even deserve a father?

  19. joser on May 29th, 2008 3:11 pm

    No, see, if these geeks had had a real man around the house he would’ve made sure they got out of the basement and played a lot of real baseball on real grass in real fresh air, not wasted all their time learning this computer stuff, let alone girly stuff like statistics, so they’d all have good manly low-skill manufacturing jobs that they’d have now lost to cheap overseas labor rather than high-paying computer jobs that enable them to spend their leisure time playing with statistics.

  20. SABRcat on May 29th, 2008 4:45 pm

    HA! My lil brother got knocked out yesterday in the prelims. But a free trip to DC is always fun.

    And it is sad that we all know this little girl is smarter than our FO.


  21. scott19 on May 29th, 2008 7:20 pm

    Wow…a future Mariners GM!!! 🙂

  22. teacherrefpoet on May 29th, 2008 8:25 pm

    Alas, little Ms. Laska bowed out in the next round, missspelling “ranine” as “rainine.” She may know her baseball, but she doesn’t know her frogs, toads, or swellings under the tongue… Well, she made it further this year then the M’s did.

  23. edgar for mayor on May 30th, 2008 12:34 am


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