In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is defined as “the sensitive dependence on initial conditions; where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state.” The effect derives its name from the theoretical example of the origin of a hurricane being dependent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks before.

The above video is of C.J. Wilson flapping his wings back in July at the MLB All-Star Game. It was there that the Texas Rangers starter gave up a three run home run to Prince Fielder, costing the American League the game and ensuring that home field advantage at the World Series would be held by the National League’s representative.

Flash forward three months and the World Series is scheduled to start on Wednesday in St. Louis, the town that will play host for up to four games as opposed to Arlington, which will be the host city for at most, three games.

Strangely enough, it didn’t make much of a difference where the Cardinals played this season, as their equal records at home and away would indicate. However the Texas Rangers had a 52-29 record at home, and a 44-37 record on the road. That would make them tied for the second best home record in baseball with the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.

Technically, the Cardinals’ road record is a single game better than Texas’ record away from home. However, you could also say that the Rangers’ road record is only a single game worse than St. Louis’ record at home.

Comments (8)

  1. Typo:

    “However the Texas Rangers had a 52-29 record at home, and a 44-37 record at home”.

    What about “on the road”? :)

  2. That fucking rule must ne removed. That or Bud Selig.

    • Because alternate season rotating AL and NL home field advantage is a much better idea?

      • No, that’s as bad. The team with the best regular season record should have home field advantage. Simple.

      • Even if they went back to alternating home field it would be an improvement over this cockamamie system. Linking the All-Star game to the Word Series in a futile attempt to deny that the latter is an exhibition game is just convoluted fan-insulting nonsense. I’d rather they flip a coin.

  3. Let’s not forget that the reason the winner of the All-Star Game gets home-field in the WS was because of a knee-jerk reaction from Bud after he deemed the ASG unimportant enough to end it in a tie. If we go back to understanding that the ASG is just a fun game featuring some of the game’s best players, and should have no more impact than just that, perhaps we will see a better system of declaring home-field for the WS. I’m inclined to believe that best record gets home-field.

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