Baseball Zeitgeist: Worthwhile Reads
Here is something to occupy your time while Francona makes pitching changes, the official scorer assigns E's to the Sox infield, and the Sox practice LOB-RISP, from our MagPortal feed below:
- The Motley Fool (June 30, 2004) takes Dominican stars Pedro, Ortiz, et. al to task for their real dollar contributions to the recent relief campaign efforts (don't read this if you keep athletes on a pedestal!):
- Wired magazine (June 2004)has a great article on the science of pitching, The Ultimate Pitching Machine, starting off with, "It's the fastest human movement ever measured in a laboratory: the violent forward rotation of a baseball pitcher's shoulder as he whips the ball toward home plate. To the batter, or anyone watching on TV, the motion is merely a blur. But not to biomechanical engineer Glenn Fleisig. "The arm flips forward at the shoulder joint with an angular velocity of 7,200 degrees per second," says Fleisig. "If a pitcher's arm kept up that velocity for a full second, it would make 20 full revolutions. It's just phenomenal."
- this month's Fast Company looks behind the curtain of aging Fenway Park,
[fastcompany.com/magazine/83/lifeofwork.html] to reveal bass in the outfields, helicopters, and sawdust. You will never look at it the same way again.