No, technically the correct answer is not, "Pretty tough, as the Red Sox proved all summer,'' though our judges will accept it.
How hard is it really to hit a fastball? Let's put it this way: It takes one-tenth of second just to locate a fastball traveling at over 90 miles per hour, and in that time it advances 12 feet.
That's one of the things you'll learn during a segment on a new series on Disney XD called "Disney XD ESPN Sport Science,'' which premieres Saturday at 11 a.m. We mention this because the program features Red Sox great Nomar Garciaparra participating in a fun experiment breaking down the difficulty, skill and science behind what it takes to hit a fastball.
The series is an offshoot of ESPN's Emmy Award-winning series Sport Science that uses science to uncover sports' biggest myths and mysteries. Other athletes who will be featured include Dwight Howard, Larry Fitzgerald, Vernon Davis.
Check out the clip below to see how Nomar fares, and whether he still adjusts his batting gloves after every pitch.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer