Take 10 minutes to better your brain and listen to Bill Nye explain everything about baseball
Admit it, you've already got "Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!" looped in your brain after reading the headline -- and for good reason. With apologies to the venerable Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill is the nexus of pop culture-meets-science for anyone between the ages of 15 and 40. On Tuesday morning, Bill joined the good folks of MLB Central to talk about the intersection of baseball and science, and you should watch the whole clip up top.
You will learn all kinds of things, like:
- Bill invented a special fungo bat called a "Fang-go" bat. Not only will it protect coaches' backs by eliminating the need to bend over to pick up balls, but because of its four "fangs," it's also easy for fingers to grab! (Yes, that's right, Bill Nye is now a baseball equipment producer.)
- Air flows smoother closer to baseballs. It's why the seams are raised on Little League baseballs and much closer to the ball on big league ones. (That may also explain why pitchers like to pick at the seams -- not that they'd ever actually do such a thing ...)
- Why does the humidor in Colorado work? "When wool fibers are moist, they soak up more energy. They convert more of the moving energy into heat, so the ball doesn't go as far."
- He used to ride a motorcycle.
It's all fantastic, and it will make you feel like a smarter person.
And, if that's not enough, you're in luck! Bill went on talk about the rule changes that he would like to see (including letting Bryce Harper hit with an aluminum bat) and the one player that he thought could get away with sliding headfirst. Check that out below.
So click play, sit back and enrich your mind.