Gardner native Oliver Drake, a pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays, wowed the baseball world this weekend when he delivered a Wiffle Ball-type pitch that started toward the batter and curved 4 feet, ending up wide of the plate.
Video of the pitch has gone viral. Noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson weighed in, writing on Twitter: “We’ve suspected for some time now that the laws of physics across the universe might not apply to some pitchers — we have top people looking into this.”
The pitch, appearing to be a splitter, fooled batter Leury Garcia of the Chicago White Sox during a game on Saturday. Garcia swung and missed for strike 3.
Drake, 32, who starred on the mound in high school at Northfield Mount Hermon and was a two-year starter at the Naval Academy before being selected in the 43rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, has played for a series of teams over the years. He signed with the Rays earlier this year.
This pitch might have broken physics. pic.twitter.com/9M62Y5gzRt
— MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2019