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Knocking the cover off the ball?

When this guy is not crawling down a torpedo tube under the Arctic ice he’s working on ways to pitch a fastball that will have you hiding in a foxhole next to the plate and crying… in baseball no less!

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  • ghostsniper September 6, 2020, 1:50 PM

    Once again someone takes what could be an interesting idea and reduces it to a bunch of little gurlz giggling all over the place and drags it out for 20+ minutes. distracting and disappointing

  • Vanderleun September 6, 2020, 1:56 PM

    Well I dunno…. Sandlin’s done enough cool stuff to get invited to come aboard a US Boomer surfaced in the Arctic and has enough of a security clearance to be invited to crawl to the end of one of the sub’s torpedo tubes. In addition his quick resume does not read like “girlz:”

    “Sandlin has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. While an undergraduate, he was awarded the University of Alabama’s Outstanding Senior Award. He also minored in Business Administration while at the University of Alabama. Sandlin was, until late 2018, a full-time Missile Flight Test Engineer at Redstone Arsenal. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Alabama Huntsville advised by Kavan Hazeli. “

  • PA Cat September 6, 2020, 2:16 PM

    The orthodox way to deconstruct a baseball actually happened six years ago at a Pirates/Brewers game:


    Which brings me to another comment about the Smarter Every Day video: it reminded me of the extent to which MLB itself has been destroyed by Wokeness: I don’t watch any baseball games these days, and I doubt I ever will again.

  • John Venlet September 6, 2020, 2:23 PM

    …has enough of a security clearance to be invited to crawl to the end of one of the sub’s torpedo tubes.

    FYI – Unless things have changed since I separated from the submarine service in ’84, a security clearance was not required for entry into a torpedo room on a U.S. sub. In 1981, I toured my Mum and Dad through the torpedo room of the USS Los Angeles (SSN688). I think they would’ve been allowed to crawl the torpedo tube, too, if they’d have been interested.

  • Vanderleun September 6, 2020, 2:34 PM

    How about being flown to a camp floating on the arctic ice and then marching across the ice to the USS Toledo which had surfaced through the ice and then being allowed to climb up into the conning tower and climb down into the submarine?


  • John Venlet September 6, 2020, 2:38 PM

    Well, I don’t think that would require a security clearance either, just some judicious string pulling.

  • Vanderleun September 6, 2020, 5:10 PM

    Okay, I accept that from one who has had the experience.

  • ghostsniper September 6, 2020, 5:38 PM

    Believe it or not the military doesn’t have the allure you may think it has. It’s just a fucking job and hardly anyone in it is the “best and brightest”, in fact, I’ll state the opposite. The longer you stay in the military the supider you get. My perspective is 40+ years old and rumor has it things have gotten much worse. I have a similar down view of people with college education. A man with apprenticeship is far more valuable than one with a piece of paper. I watched the vid on fast-mo cause the girlish shrieking was more than I can bear and in the end it was still a lot of huff about something that could have been interesting. Yes, I’ve seen his other stuff. Metube is filled with mostly narcissists.

  • John Venlet September 7, 2020, 3:52 AM

    Morning, Gerard. About the only area on a fast attack sub, and this would be true for a boomer also I believe, requiring a security clearance for entrance would be the engineering spaces ruled by the nukes (nuclear reactor operators). Access to the nuke/engineering areas is strictly controlled, and no civilian is granted access. If one is a crew member, access is no problem, but non-nuke crewmembers rarely go back aft into the nuke areas, and really had no need to once they qualified in submarines.

  • John Venlet September 7, 2020, 4:03 AM

    I neglected the radio room, or shack, which was located just behind the conn area of the boat. Access to this space was actually more controlled than access to the nuke spaces. In the 4 1/2 years I was on the LA, I only gained entrance twice, and for mere moments.

  • Mike Anderson September 7, 2020, 6:59 AM

    Wow, Ghostie, who pissed in your cornflakes? I thought the video deserved extra snickers just for the sheer over-the-top-edness of a supersonic baseball cannon made flesh.

    OTOH, I’m totally down with your observation of military enstupidation. Bailed myself out at 20 ’cause “goin’ along to get along” wasn’t where I wanted to go (20 got those sweet, sweet benefits–I may have lost IQ points, but I wasn’t stupid). Plus the officer corps seems even more prone to ethical rot than to mental rot, and I try to exclude crapweasels from my circle of friends.