This is a good one. It's not all that funny or whitty but it might make you say hummm.
Yale physicist named Robert Adair did a study on the possibility of hitting a 90 mile an hour fastball and here's what he found (Bear with me to the end).
It takes 0.4 or 4 tenths of a second for a baseball to travel the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate.
It takes 0.05 or 5 hundredths of a second for the batter to decide whether or not to swing at the pitch.
It takes 0.2 or 2 tenths of a second for the batter to decide where the ball is going and how to swing the bat.
It takes 0.2 or 2 tenths of a second for the batter to swing and hit the ball.
If you're doing your math, you'll see that it takes a batter 0.05 or 5 hundredths of a second longer to swing at a fastball than it does for the ball to pass the plate.
In fact, professor Adair found that the margin for error is so small, the batter could actually close his eyes after the first 5 hundredths of a second, and have the exact same chance of hitting the ball.
His conclusion? Hitting a 90mph fast pitch is physically impossible.
It's funny how much faith we put in science and statistics, taking them as absolute and faultless truth.
We trust science to tell us what’s real and what constitutes truth, yet time and time again we see science failing to live up to its own standards. We can all turn on a TV and see a batter hit a 90 or even a 100 mph pitch, but science tells us it's impossible. Science says there is no such thing as God, but I see the results of his labor every day. Should I lose faith just because science says so? Should every major league batter quit hitting fastballs because physics says it’s impossible? I don't think so.
I know this theory doesn't prove there's a God, nothing can do that but faith. But it does prove that science can be wrong, and for the record I don’t think God has made a mistake yet. Open your eyes and believe what you see. Use logic, use faith, and use your heart; you will find the truth.
Thanks for letting me stand on my soapbox for a few minutes. I hope to be back to wearing it on my head again next week. Have a great day!
Thanks to pastor Matt Manning for the idea and the inspiration.