Baseball and math, together as one.
Pi Day is March 14. That’s Tuesday, like right now, as I’m writing to you. Pi is that wonderful mathematic constant that helped all of us figure out the size of circles when we were in grade school. In decimal form, it starts:
3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279
Coincidentally, here are the Colorado Rockies, lined up along the first base line before a spring training game on Tuesday afternoon:
You can spend as much time as you want trying to fact-check this baseball team. I certainly did. There was no way, I thought, that they’d go all-in on this and actually spell out more than a few decimal points of Pi, on Pi Day. Couldn’t be done.
The Rockies, by everything we can see in this picture, lined up according to the first 20 decimal points of π. These aren’t even regular baseball numbers, in many cases, and it seems likely that the team had to make some adjustments to make it work. The final product looks cool, though.
Some skepticism around these things is fair, and I looked through a web app to see if I could find proof of Photoshopping, but I didn’t. If it is, well, nice work.