The Blitzball allows average Joes to throw fiendishly wicked curveballs that surpass the best stuff of future Hall of Fame pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander. The Dude Perfect crew recently put the polygonally-shaped ball through its paces with a dizzying array of curves, cutters, splitters and sliders.
The Dude Perfect video leaves one to wonder what MLB’s best pitchers could do if the Blitzball were approved for big league play.
The video above showcases the movement some of today’s best hurlers are able to get with the classic seamed baseball that’s pretty much gone unchanged since the the sport’s earliest days. In order of appearance are Matt Cain, Gio Gonzalez, Adam Wainwright, Yovani Gallardo, Clayton Kershaw, Andrew Cashner, Yu Darvish, Justin Verlander, and Stephen Strasburg.
WHAT MAKES A CURVEBALL CURVE?
As explained in Encyclopedia Britannica, a baseball’s spin creates different levels of air resistance on either side of the ball, which then moves toward the direction of lower resistance.