Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

What is Your Sports IQ?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Sports continue to be exciting in New England these days. I’ll be the first to admit that I rarely watch a full game of anything except football, the Red Sox occasionally, and playoff/championship games. Still, I frequently watch Sports Center on ESPN late night when I’m working on the Internet, and I often read ESPN.com on my lunch break. I try to keep my sports IQ up to par.

How’s your sports IQ these days?

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The Red Sox occasionally go on a roll and are nearly above .500, which is not great, but makes for an exciting season. The starters have not pitched up to expectations and the lineup has not heated up yet either. Good things will come in the month of May if Crawford can start hitting, and Matsuzaka, Lackey, and Buckholtz can start pitching.

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Does Your Grip on a Baseball Bat Affect the Trajectory of the Ball?

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Baseball Grip StrengthI saw this nifty little video on ESPN today about the effect of your grip on the trajectory of a baseball. Nomar Garciaparra gets wired up with electrodes to conduct this experiment. He used to be a pretty good ball player.

Essentially what happens, is this:

  • Pitcher throws the ball. In this experiment it is a 90 MPH pitch.
  • Bat comes in contact with the ball. Nomar swings the bat 67 MPH.
  • Shockwaves from the contact between bat and ball travel down the bat to the hands.
  • Some shockwaves are reflected and bounce back up the bat towards the ball.
  • The ball leaves bat before shockwaves bounce back.
  • Therefore your grip on a bat doesn’t directly influence the trajectory of the ball when hit.
  • … with a couple possible exceptions.

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Hot Dogs Cause Cancer and Mark Buehrle Throws a Perfect Game

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

I am far too busy writing an article that is tentatively titled “The 10 Best Ab Exercises” to draft a post of decent length or content for you today. Instead I will leave you with these four moderately interesting, if not time leaching, links.

Skip the nutrition fluff stories and go right to the most important story of the day: Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game

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Manny Ramirez Uses hCG, Has Elevated Testosterone, Gets Suspended for 50 Games

Thursday, May 7th, 2009
Manny Ramirez hCG
Manny Ramirez hCG

Manny Ramirez, former Boston Red Sock, current LA Dodger, and president of the D-bag Hall of Fame is at it again. This time the guy gets suspended for 50 games for testing positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a female fertility drug. He was also found to have artificial elevated levels of testosterone in his bloodstream.

What is the significance of hCG?

Specifically, hCG is often used in post cycle therapy (PCT) when cycling off the juice. It basically helps to restore and maintain testosterone production, which is also useful for combating impotence (eg. hCG helps men who can’t ‘get it up’).

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It’s Just Manny Being All About Manny

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Manny Ramirez
Manny Ramirez

As a Red Sox fan, I feel the need to vent about Manny Ramirez. You’ve heard the expression, “It’s just Manny being Manny”, well the reality is, as ESPN put it, “It’s just Manny being about Manny”. This guy is a jerk. He doesn’t care about the fans or the team or his teammates. Every single year he complains about the Red Sox, says he is sick of the team, that he wants to be traded. This is fine by me. I say, “Trade the fat bastard.”

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