More Slow-Motion Footage of Kenley Jansen’s Cutter

This is slow-motion footage (courtesy Fox Sports Prime Ticket) from this past Sunday of Kenley Jansen‘s ninth inning cut fastball to Xavier Nady, a pitch on which he (i.e. Jansen) struck him (i.e. Nady) out.

Regarding the feeling that said footage inspires in your bosom, to what degree does it (i.e. that feeling) possess the following four characteristics of a mystical state, as defined by William James in The Varieties of Religious Experience (text from Wikipedia)?

Transient — the experience is temporary; the individual soon returns to a “normal” frame of mind. It is outside our normal perception of space and time.

Ineffable — the experience cannot be adequately put into words.

Noetic — the individual feels that he or she has learned something valuable from the experience. Gives us knowledge that is normally hidden from human understanding.

Passive — the experience happens to the individual, largely without conscious control. Although there are activities, such as meditation, that can make religious experience more likely, it is not something that can be turned on and off at will.



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jscape2000
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Transient, Ineffable, Passive: all yes
Noetic: no

I knew before and I continue to know that hitting a major league fastball is very difficult.

e.gruver
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e.gruver

this is truly the meaning of life…

Navin Vaswani
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I now believe in God.

jbwiii
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jbwiii

Famed Teabag and general aristocratic shill J.H. Striling wrote, while William James was just beginning his scientific studies at Harvard, that “The secret of Hegel may be indicated at shortest thus: As Aristotle—with considerable assistance from Plato—made explicit the abstract Universal that was implicit in Socrates, so Hegel— with less considerable assistance from Fichte and Schelling—made explicit the concrete Universal that was implicit in Kant.”
More concisely would be to say Hegel provides us with the Empirical Realities of Quantity, Time and Space.

James, a known Hegel basher, would have hated Pitch/FX for it’s unyielding distillation of Quantity, Time and Space.

James would have wanted to separate the Value of the pitch (it’s effect on Win Expectancy, I imagine) from it’s ontology or journey. End State James, that’s what his friends called him.

Emile Durkheim’s evaluation? Totally sacred, man.
Mircea Eliade’s evaluation? The horizontal Axis Mundi.
Lacan’s evaluation? The pitch is a distillation of the Ouroborous that is the tension between Desire and “objet petit a”, the Desired. Nady was better off striking out than hitting a weak grounder to 3rd for then the Desired would have been killed rather than living on in potentiality.
Jung’s evaluation? A wicked cutter is the heart of individuation, a journey in which both man and the Divine are revealed.
Hegel Himself? The cutter, when employed to full use, is a sure-fire method to render porous the self-ideation of an internal self as distinct from external reality. Satori, frozen in time yet also breaking like an endless pummeling wave, opens the inner eye even as the external eyes are torqued back to look at the bat boy and the ears forced to hear the smack of a ball in a cushion of leather.

papasmurf
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papasmurf

It’s pretty cool. Nady thought he was right on it. Then it cuts right under his bat.

jbwiii
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jbwiii

I should have just said that

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