GIF: E. Volquez Illustrates Role of Fortune in Human Endeavor


All, or nearly all, of the big philosophers you’ll hear about take pains to note that the correlation between one’s own actions and the events (good or bad) which befall that same one — that the correlation between the two is weak.

Indeed, Pirates right-hander and also contemporary philosopher Edinson Volquez took pains to illustrate that same thing tonight in the first inning against Detroit. With runners on first and third, and a run already in, Volquez conceded a ground ball up the middle that likely would have scored a second run while producing zero outs. What actually happened, though, was Volquez flailed wildly his right arm and somehow fielded the ball, eventually catching Ian Kinsler between third base and home. Out: recorded. The reality that our mistakes are sometimes rewarded, and vice versa: confirmed.

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7 Responses to “GIF: E. Volquez Illustrates Role of Fortune in Human Endeavor”

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  1. Hrkac Circus says:

    This feels like a thinly veiled attempt to justify the dissolution of Notgraphs.


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  2. Cespedes Family BBQ says:


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  3. sdfdsfsdf says:

    Harold Reynolds is so awful at everything that he just sang the famous song as R-A-S-P-E-C-T just after 11pm eastern on 8/12. Somebody please turn this into a thing.

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  4. 11235813 says:

    One arm flails more than the others and it is a left.

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  5. Yirmiyahu says:

    I’m impressed how nonchalant Volquez is, and his presence of mind to make the transfer so quickly.

    I would have been looking around behind me to see where the ball went until my teammates told me to check my glove. The batter would have reached; the run would have scored.

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  6. Darkstone42 says:

    Perhaps if we, the Commentariat, wildly flair our own #KeepNotGraphs arms, we too can chance to prevent the run of NotGraphs from ending.

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