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    Mariano Rivera's Fastball - awesome analysis

    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

    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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    Re: Mariano Rivera's Fastball - awesome analysis

    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]

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    Re: Mariano Rivera's Fastball - awesome analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by flippy
    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" ...



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    Re: Mariano Rivera's Fastball - awesome analysis

    :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.

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