When Statistics Are Not Helpful - FanGraphs Baseball
But, there are times in life that you’re not making a decision, and knowledge of the probability of outcomes just doesn’t help at all. You are just rooting for one specific result, even if you don’t have any control over whether it occurs or not. I’m now in one of those situations. Last week, I was informed that I have Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a particularly nasty member of the cancer family. History has given my doctors all kinds of data about cure rates and life expectancy, and statistical analysis is helping them decide just what kind of chemotherapy I’ll be taking in a few hours, which I’m really thankful for. But really, those numbers do nothing for me. I’m not going to be making very many decisions over the next few months. I’m just going to be rooting like crazy for the drugs to work. I need reasons for hope, and I won’t find much of that in the harshness of raw data.
Rivalries are sometimes fun, but sometimes real life creeps in with bad news. As an Angels fan, or Mariners fan, or baseball fan we project a digital face to an online world, but behind our screen names and avatars are real people who face real-life situations. Our best wishes to Dave Cameron.
UPDATE: Dave appears to be well covered by insurance but he has suggested that anyone looking to help should donate blood or platelets locally. Doing so will cost you nothing but an hour of your time, in return for which you'll be helping many people in need.