So here’s the highlight of MY day. I write weekly episode reviews of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" for Vulture, and Sunday’s episode featured an angry stonemason who hates Derek Jeter. My favorite part was that he used statistical metrics to criticize Jeter’s defense, which of course drives Larry David insane. (He actually calls it “the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever heard.”) I pointed out in my review that this was “the rare mason familiar with advanced baseball defensive metrics.” The next morning, I received the following email:
Hey Will- 
Someone just forwarded me your Curb review and I about had a fit when I saw you wrote it. I am a big time fan of Deadspin and of yours. It was crazy you brought me up and I just wanted to let you know that, yes,  I am “the rare mason familiar with advanced baseball defensive metrics.” I had just read a bunch about SABR and UZR before the audition and I had to bring it up. I am not sure I buy it…it has Aaron Rowand as below average defensively and I disagree wholeheartedly. Anyway, for a nerd who checks Deadspin as often as I do it was really cool to read your article. I’ve read some of the baseball stat websites and they say stuff like “no actor would know abdthat stuff…Larry had to have thrown it to him.” Not true! Maybe not all actors worshipped Floyd Bannister and Han Solo equally as children but I did. Just wanted to say hello and keep up the great work. Looking forward to your book. Thanks again, Eric
The actor’s name is Eric Edelstein. (He also shows up as Angry Townsperson every once in a while on “Parks and Recreation”). Yep, I received a fan letter from a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” character. I would like one from Leon next.

So here’s the highlight of MY day. I write weekly episode reviews of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" for Vulture, and Sunday’s episode featured an angry stonemason who hates Derek Jeter. My favorite part was that he used statistical metrics to criticize Jeter’s defense, which of course drives Larry David insane. (He actually calls it “the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever heard.”) I pointed out in my review that this was “the rare mason familiar with advanced baseball defensive metrics.” The next morning, I received the following email:

Hey Will-

Someone just forwarded me your Curb review and I about had a fit when I saw you wrote it. I am a big time fan of Deadspin and of yours. It was crazy you brought me up and I just wanted to let you know that, yes,  I am “the rare mason familiar with advanced baseball defensive metrics.” I had just read a bunch about SABR and UZR before the audition and I had to bring it up. I am not sure I buy it…it has Aaron Rowand as below average defensively and I disagree wholeheartedly. Anyway, for a nerd who checks Deadspin as often as I do it was really cool to read your article. I’ve read some of the baseball stat websites and they say stuff like “no actor would know abdthat stuff…Larry had to have thrown it to him.” Not true! Maybe not all actors worshipped Floyd Bannister and Han Solo equally as children but I did. Just wanted to say hello and keep up the great work. Looking forward to your book. Thanks again, Eric

The actor’s name is Eric Edelstein. (He also shows up as Angry Townsperson every once in a while on “Parks and Recreation”). Yep, I received a fan letter from a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” character. I would like one from Leon next.

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    This guy was great. Crazy awesome.
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    awesome.
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