My name is Matt Birt, and 216 Stitches is the baseball wing of my web empire. You can contact me at matt [dot] 216stitches [at] gmail [dot] com.
I am a high school English teacher and aspiring literature Ph.D. candidate hiding out in the cornfields of Ohio.
Baseball sunk its talons in me late one Saturday night in the Fall of 1986, right about the time that little dribbler found its way through Buckner’s wickets. I was rooting for the Mets at the time (what was I thinking?), and it was the first time that I had ever been personally invested in the outcome of a game. It was triumphant, and I was hooked.
Thankfully, Mets fandom did not stick, but baseball did. Since that night, I have fallen in love again each February and March, as baseball takes its place front and center in my consciousness. I count it as one of my most steadfast companions each summer, and I hate to say goodbye in the fall.
But with the advent of the internet, I’ve noticed that each off-season, our separation becomes shorter and shorter. With the end of the season this past October, I can honestly say that the off-season never arrived. I have been warmed by the hot stove all winter, and now I’m ready to join the growing chorus of baseball voices on the net.
216 Stitches is my attempt to combine my passion for writing and baseball with a burgeoning interest in statistical analysis. Admittedly, my math skills are atrocious, and my understanding of the numbers game beyond batting average, RBI, and stolen bases is pretty flimsy. But through my writing here, I hope to deepen my understanding of the game, and share that understanding with my readers.
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