Aerodicenamics

T1_gyroball3d (image via SI)

Sports Illustrated devotes some serious space to a well-researched story on the science behind the wacky wobbler, the mythical apparently real gyroball.  The story is a bit non-committal on whether Daisuke Matsuzaka can actually throw the pitch, as is the player himself.  We personally can’t wait for someone to Youtube the video referred to within the excellent story, entitled "18-Year-Old Daisuke Matsuzaka: The Super Rookie’s Spirit and Technique".

Click through for additional renderings and a history/explanation of the mysterious pitch.

(UPDATE: It appears the SI story is an abridged version of this more expansive piece.  Great stuff.)

17 comments… add one
  • Does it really matter if he can throw it? He’s an overpaid myth built from Boras’ press machine, who’s never pitched on five days rest, with some type of shoulder issue that’s going to really limit his ability.
    Man, why couldn’t the Sox have gotten in on some of that Andy Pettitte action? Things never work out for Theo! He’s so cheap and incapable of buiding a rotation, it’s hard to fathom that this is going to help his reputation as the worst GM in baseball. He’ll surely be run out of town for passing on more desireable free agents.

    Brad January 26, 2007, 12:40 pm
  • Wow, Brad sets the standard for preemptive trolling..

    Lar January 26, 2007, 1:14 pm
  • Right, Lar.
    Let’s not make everything into a Yanks/Sox war, Brad, ok?!

    SF January 26, 2007, 1:16 pm
  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    dc January 26, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • jesus, panty bunch.
    Nevermind the sarcastic joke.

    Brad January 26, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • i thought it was funny, but given the double-standard, if i said something similar, i’d have been clobbered by the sf’s…oh well…

    dc January 26, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • But dc, something simiar said by would have to be about a Yankee player, and we all know that the Yankee roster has no holes or questions marks, so it wouldn’t have been nearly as funny. :-)

    LocklandSF January 26, 2007, 2:32 pm
  • good one…the yankee roster has more holes than the big dig…i know that…i’m drowning in koolaid…

    dc January 26, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • There are some transcripts available from the introduction of Drew today over on BDD. It’s a decent conversation from all sides.

    Brad January 26, 2007, 2:43 pm
  • zzzzzzzzzzz

    dc January 26, 2007, 3:37 pm
  • dc’s keyboard must be broken. Or, some of those sour grapes fell on it and got it all wet and nasty.

    Brad January 26, 2007, 3:42 pm
  • hee hee [i’ll save you some, i know it’s your favorite snack]….

    dc January 26, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • mmmmm.

    Brad January 26, 2007, 3:55 pm
  • damnit. i got in too late for the sour grapes. let me know when the glass house community start the rock throwing contest.

    sf rod January 26, 2007, 5:11 pm
  • …plenty to go around for all of us sfrod…i may make some w[h]ine…

    dc January 26, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • The physics involved in generating a well-thrown gyro shouldn’t surprise anyone. What would be really impressive would be a machine that could duplicate any given throw. It wouldn’t take much to build anyhow. Something for mythbusters…

    Baseball Tickets February 12, 2007, 4:30 pm
  • Also, FREAKING AWESOME simulations.

    Baseball Tickets February 12, 2007, 4:32 pm

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