Edward Tufte at the Ballpark
Oh graphs and visual displays, how thou art
A wondrous tool for baseball fans like me,
Thou bringeth forth the game's rich inner part,
And let us see what's true and what might be.
Thou bringeth statistics to life before
Our eyes, and let us see the strategy
That wins or loses games; and even more,
Thou light the pitcher/batter artistry.
Thou maketh the beauty of the field more bright,
As we can see the movements we love,
And the grace of players turning in the night,
Or the mighty flick of a double play glove.
And sometimes with just a simple glance,
We grasp the play, the flow, the dance.