Thursday, June 05, 2003

you don't care about baseball, but I do
I sent the following to the suburban guerrilla, becuase she was so distraught about Sammy Sosa's corked bat. She quoted a good peice at pandagon about the stupidity of sports commentators. I was so taken with myself that I decided to post it... actually, the important thing is Brantley's comment, which reveals what these douchebags really think about the whole thing:
Anyway, I was going to say the same thing about Sosa you posted today. (my only problem with the piece you quoted is the idea that the BP pitcher might bust sammy inside and saw off his bat: not likely). the sanctimoniousness is shocking. some asshole who was doing the "color" for the espn reds-yanks game yesterday, said something like:

"I believe him, but I can't get over what a stupid mistake it was. after everything sammy's done for himslef, his family, his country..."

Un-fucking-believable. I think it was Jeff Brantley, but I'm not 100% sure [also, on reflection, it was probably the espn2 rangers-braves game]. like the D.R.'s soaring economy is going to plummet now that american 10 year olds figured out santa's not real. the real point is precisely the opposite, which is that MLB will suffer because of their sanctimoniousness on this (and every other issue), because Sammy, in fact, has been very, very good to baseball, not the other way around. at least we won't have to watch any more animated pepsi ads of superhero sammy...

note also that a corked bat adds 1% to the distance of a batted ball. So all those 550' HRs are "cheapened" because they would only have gone 544 1/2 feet if he wasn't cheating.

6/11 from Nature:

Physicists say, however, that Sosa gained almost no advantage by using the bat, which was hollowed and filled with a small amount of cork. Using a lighter bat would help Sosa swing harder but would actually lessen the energy transferred to the ball, according to Alan Nathan of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who recently studied ball?bat impacts (Am. J. Phys. 71, 134?144; 2003). "If there is a net advantage, it would be small enough that it wouldn't be worth writing home about," Nathan says.
Thus, unsurprisingly, disproving Rod Dibble. However, I wonder if they arene't missing the point, which is not force but time. If you can swing the bat faster, you have more time to pick up the pitch, and more time to hit it precisely where you want it. Pop flies become big flies...


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