# Math Class

i is a representation of the imaginary unit, sometimes expressed as √-1. This allows the real number system to be extended to the complex number system. Why do we do this? Not every equation has a solution in real numbers. However, by allowing complex numbers as solutions, then every polynomial equation has a solution. The Gold Glove? An MVP? Manager/rookie of the year? Why use real numbers when we have imaginary ones to work with?

I offer this anecdotal evidence towards our proof:

I always wondered how you could know that someone has intangibles.

Posted by: SF | Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 09:08 PM

I think you know when someone has intangibles when you can’t win an argument based on facts.

Posted by: attackgerbil | Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 09:09 PM

Therefore, from this point forward, I humbly submit to the mathematical lexicon the j constant. Simply put, it is i + 1, the result of which is obviously at least one imaginary unit better than i since j is one letter advanced from i in the English alphabet, and therefore, the better imaginary result.

Now we have it: j: The Jeter Constant.

Bring on the MVPs.

19 comments… add one
• Except that electrical engineers use “j” for imaginary unit. But we can proceed with “k” for the Jeter unit. And in this notation, somebody with as much intangibles as Jeter would have “1 k” thereby ensuring that fractions are introduced. (Remember, Jeter achieves the supremum of intangibles.)

Rushabh Mishra November 3, 2006, 8:32 pm
• More potent than i or j:
\$: The Steinbrenner Constant.

Hudson November 3, 2006, 8:44 pm
• Does the J Constant explain why the number 2 is greater than the number 13–by, like, infinity?

YF November 3, 2006, 9:19 pm
• My head hurts.

Paul SF November 4, 2006, 12:46 am
• …gerb, will any of this new math help the red sox win anything so we can calm down their fans and we won’t have to keep hearing about how unfair life is and how pointless all the awards are?
How ‘bout if we make up some awards for them, like:
Most likely to succeed: no, that won’t work
Most improved: nah
Best in show: maybe
Most humorous: we can work with this one
…any suggestions?…

dc November 4, 2006, 1:13 am
• Yes, dc, we SFs are inconsolable over the awards. You really know your hyperbole, don’t you.
When you (and several other YFs) start acknowledging that many SFs have either chosen Jeter for MVP or said he’s a legit candidate (that would be many SFs at this site, in particular) we’ll start paying more attention to your silly barbs.
See, this is what happens when your team doesn’t win squat for several years: you start hanging your hat on the pride of a Gold Glove, of your favorite player winning an MVP: it’s all you have, since your team has spent the last several years blowing playoff chances in reckless and dramatic fashion. I know: I was there. I do empathize.
Six years is apparently New York’s 86 years. How sad that you are so impatient, and have to take out this impatience on the fictionalized SFs you bleat about incessantly.

SF November 4, 2006, 8:02 am
• Paul, my head hurts too. I just needed to take a long-winded non-sensical poke at this parade of individual accomplishment awards that Jeter says he doesn’t care about and keeps winning.
DC: Best In Show aptly sums up what I think about these imaginary accolades. Westminster Kennel Club indeed.

attackgerbil November 4, 2006, 8:19 am
• Haven’t won squat in 6 years? Try the most important thing you can win for nine years in a row: the division. I have no problem hanging my hat on the part of the season that actually, you know, indicates which team is the best. The playoffs are fun like March Madness is fun, but count me out of the Jeter camp of Series-or-bust, and apparently, count SF in. See, this is what happens when your team hasn’t won the division in nine years, you start hanging your hat on your rivals not winning the Series in six.

tom yf November 4, 2006, 12:14 pm
• Touche, Tom, sort of. I take offense with dc’s ridiculous and mostly baseless characterization of us SF’s, particularly w/r/t how most of us have responded to the GG award (not me, though, since I think the entire award is a joke). It would be one thing if he could point to proof that backs up his assertion, but he can’t. The responses of SFs on this site (and many YFs as well) to the GG selection has been mostly consistent, and has had nothing to do with any team biases. I am getting sick of this kind of antagonism, and threw some back towards dc out of frustration, though I don’t think I am entirely off base with my characterization of YF impatience. I live in the city, and the team is cut very little slack for failure, whatever one chooses to qualify as “failure”, which is certainly subjective.
It is particularly galling, this stereotyping of the jealous or angry SF, when many of us have stated clearly that we think Jeter is a legit MVP candidate and probable winner, without much qualification or backhanded praise. That simple fact is ignored by dc, for the sake of his own position, conveniently.

SF November 4, 2006, 12:35 pm
• How did anyone miss the e constant for A-Rod?

Brad November 4, 2006, 2:39 pm
• So everyone knows, the above Brad is not me, the frequent poster and better known evil nemesis to dc.
We all know that I heart A-Rod.

Brad November 4, 2006, 2:52 pm
• you’re = your. Sorry.

Brad November 4, 2006, 3:14 pm
• Does anyone besides Atlanta Brave and New York Yankee fans care who wins the division now?
The remainder of fans are more concerned with the fact that their team didn’t win it more, or enjoying the fact that their team did, regardless of what happened to the other teams. Yes, I do care about winning the division. Mostly, I care about the Yankees doing their best to try win every game.
Obviously, I don’t care about the Division nearly as much as the objective of eventually winning the Pennant and the Series. The Division is a target, a tangible result, and in most cases a worthwhile achievement. It’s certainly a lot more palpable and more valid than any this endless parade of post-season trophy junk.
I can’t tell you how frustrated my Tiger-fan girlfriend and her family and friends from Detroit were when they didn’t win the central, which of course wasn’t nearly as disappointed as they were when they tanked in the series.
I’m not hanging my hat on my team winning or anyone else’s team winning or losing the division. I don’t like hats anyway. I want pitchers and catchers to report so I can go back to my two principle goals in being a fan: A) rooting for the Yankees to win the game being played that day, B) watching them work towards the goal of a trip to the Fall Classic.
I’m sure there are plenty of people that enjoy certain teams fail. I don’t care. If my team isn’t in it, I just want a good game.

attackgerbil November 4, 2006, 3:46 pm
• Weird. Somehow Brad’s post ended up post-dated, just like the other day when SF and I had posts out of sequence in time.

attackgerbil November 4, 2006, 3:49 pm
• Let’s just pretend I knew Brad’s argument before he wrote it; yes, I’m that in tune and sensitive to my SoxFan brethren. It makes me like that kid in The Sixth Sense. I see red people.

attackgerbil November 4, 2006, 3:52 pm
• “See, this is what happens when your team hasn’t won the division in nine years, you start hanging your hat on your rivals not winning the Series in six”…
Yeah, the Red Sox fans haven’t been given anything to cheer about in all that time…
I too, wish there were 9 Al-East banners hanging outside the walls of Fenway, but I’ll take that certain one over any of them.
Does anyone besides Atlanta Brave and New York Yankee fans care who wins the division now? Is that really what you’re hanging your hat on nowadays?

Brad November 4, 2006, 3:55 pm
• what the hell happened there? We’re we trying to post at the same time or something AG? Are you a mind reader? Great, now I’m scared.

Brad November 4, 2006, 5:17 pm
• I’m with you, Brad. Bring on the rejular seasonings. This is all too haloweeny.

attackgerbil November 4, 2006, 8:29 pm
• sf, re. your post on sat. at 12:45: well, i know i’m a slow learner, but one thing i have learned over time is that the jokes are only funny when you guys deliver the punch lines…any reasonable person would agree that my ealier post was entirely in jest…including the part about you guys whining…however, given the hostile reactions to the award announcements and certain posts, you’re starting to poke some holes in your own argument…i believe these awards are VERY important to you, and the drama of sf posts, not just yours, and attempts to trivialize the awards is the evidence of that…i know you are resigned to the fact that jeter may probably win the mvp, but i don’t buy that it’s anything more than resignation, based on the volume of jeter-bashing that has gone on at this site, so don’t patronize us by suggesting that any of you actually picked [as in favored] jeter…in fact you tried to interject other candidatates besides the obvious 2 front-runners…if you recall, i actually picked ortiz, because i thought he was the most deserving…no serious bias here my friend, despite how you try to misrepresent me and my comments…like the division titles, when you don’t win, you “don’t care”…i get it…you accuse us of being impatient, well you’re right…we want to win every year…is that wrong?

dc November 6, 2006, 10:22 pm

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