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SanAntonioSteelerFan
06-30-2010, 06:11 PM
Really cool analysis of a pitched baseball, and what makes his pitch so special. I was lucky enough to go to a game at Yankee Stadium a few weeks ago, it was "Mariano Rivera Day", and as luck would have it he had to come out and make one of his signature saves.

Even got a bobble-head doll out of it!

Hope you enjoy ...

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/06/ ... tters.html (http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/06/30/sports/1247468158551/how-mariano-rivera-dominates-hitters.html)

Here's the embed code, BTW - any one know how to make it so the actual vid plays in my post?

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flippy
06-30-2010, 06:53 PM
The pitch I find fascinating is Dice-K's gyroball.

I've never tried to throw it, but it looks like you're throwing a football and you create an illusion of a pitch that's going down while it's actually rising.

[youtube:2lq0h1yg]CKBYJoaJ0OU[/youtube:2lq0h1yg]

SanAntonioSteelerFan
07-01-2010, 01:02 AM
The pitch I find fascinating is Dice-K's gyroball.

I've never tried to throw it, but it looks like you're throwing a football and you create an illusion of a pitch that's going down while it's actually rising.

[youtube:1rd6b13y]CKBYJoaJ0OU[/youtube:1rd6b13y]

That actually was pretty interesting, though I guess it hasn't been proven to not be a hoax yet?

OK, here's a joke, based on the part of your post in green:

"How is a Gyro ball like a Milledgeville coed?"

Oh, whoops, I read your post wrong, I see now that was "pitch" with a "P" ...

:lol:

flippy
07-01-2010, 07:58 AM
:lol

The only thing that may be a hoax is some think it just looks like a screwball.

But just like Mariano, Dice-K's pitch is a bit of an illusion and looks like it should be going somewhere different than it does.