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Gone nerding: 2011 SABR convention recap (with pictures!)

Jul 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT


For anyone wondering where I’ve been during the past week or so–and just to be clear, that “anyone” is purely hypothetical–I wrote a very lengthy, picture-filled recap of my trip to Long Beach, California for the 41st annual SABR convention.

If you’re into pictures of pale fat guys drinking, playing poker, and wearing cargo shorts it’s your lucky day and if you prefer actual baseball-related content there’s some stuff about watching Scott Boras give a 45-minute speech and the sad state of Dodger Stadium too:

2011 SABR Convention Recap

Also, be warned ladies: The pure sexiness involved in my recap may be too much for you to handle. Consult your doctor before clicking on the above link or just gouge out your eyes ahead of time to remove any risk.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jul 12, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Aaron, glad you had a good time, and hopefully a great discussioins on the new metrics of RSVP and SPQR.
    However, your snapshots look like they were shot through the bottom of a beer bottle. If nothing else, use that little flower thingy button on your camera when you shoot objects closer than 18″ from the lens.I’d hate to have to give Craig the “Ansel Adams HBT Photography” award by default.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Jul 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Aaron, glad you had a great time. From the looks of things, skimming over your blog pictures and some of the content, looks like you did. I have always wanted to try an In-and-Out Burger. Chase Utley always raves about them in interviews as the main reason he goes back to California in the off-season.

    Just a question, though. Are SABR conventions like Star Trek conventions? Do they have Q and A’s with Bill James and company? Do people go to these conventions dressed as their favorite sabermetric stat?

    • losburrosinblue - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      In-N-Out is exactly as Aaron stated – amazing, but not life-changing. Being from California was interesting when I went to college in Oregon because people from all around the US (and some other countries) would ask me if In-N-Out is as good as everyone says. I think the hype makes it overrated, but its definitely good.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM

      It’s our version of “5 guys” burgers bicepts. Good enough to beat the fast food joints and some peoples own cooking skills. But not much to write home about.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        You know what, I have been hearing about 5 guys for years, but have never gone to one. I need to make that my summer’s resolution and try them once. The afternoon guys on WIP are always talking about them.

        So, basically you are saying I could do better than them just with some fresh ground beef and a frying pan at home?

      • losburrosinblue - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

        We just got a 5 Guys about 10 minutes from my house but I haven’t tried it yet. I keep hearing that the two joints are similar. Yes, many people can make a better burger at home, but I think part of the allure comes with the atmosphere.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

        Yeah, I have to obtain a good home-made burget receipe. I usually just cook the frozen patties like Bubba Burgers or something like that because it’s easy. No matter what condiments you put on top, they seem to still taste barely edible.

        Fast food and restaurant places always taste better than at home.

      • dluxxx - Jul 12, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        Biceps, try this:

        1 lb. hamburger, 1/2 Tbs Garlic Powder, 1 Tbs Lawrey’s seasoning salt (Johnny’s works too), 1 Tbs Black Pepper, 1 1/2 Tbs of A1 steak sauce. Mix everything together, make patties and grill it up. I’ve been making them for years and I never have any complaints.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM


        Thanks for the recipe. I will try it out this weekend and let you know how it turns out.

        Thanks again.

  3. marinersnate - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Seems wildly exciting. Right up there with the annual Matchbook Cover Collectors of America convention (MCCA).

    • losburrosinblue - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM

      Oh, man. I thought you were kidding…

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