by Kent Sterling
When I read that Ryan Dempster was fined the very manageable amount of $2,500 for his fastball to the very selfish and non-contrite ribs of Alex Rodriguez, I thought, “Man, what a great fundraising idea!” For $2,500, I might have one more legit fastball in the wing to unleash.
Then I started doing the math. As I write this, the National Debt is $16,740,773,689,542.09. That amount divided by $2,500 per comes to 6,696,309,475. That is very close to the number of people on the planet.
If everyone in the world could be organized into a series of lines that would allow a person to throw at A-Rod at the rate of one per second, it would take 212 years and two months to move through everyone. A-Rod would likely never make it past day two of this stoning and only the first 25% would survive to reach the end of the line.
Back to the drawing board. Trying to make lemonade with the lemons A-Rod and Ryan Dempster have provided is finally giving me a reason to use the math I learned in the sixth grade.