Fans of Texas and Texas A&M love to one-up each other, love to have the upper hand. In the case of most rivalries the chief argument of superiority lies with the results of the annual football game. But with the Aggies and Longhorns, things aren’t so simple. With no football game to obsess over, something - anything - must fill the vacuum, and oh look, both football head coaches threw out first pitches at their school’s baseball game. Well dad gummit our coach is the best darn ceremonial first pitcher since post-9/11 George W. Bush, and we’re gonna prove it with SCIENCE.
To begin, let’s take a look at the raw video of each pitch.
Now let’s painstakingly break these pitches down one element at a time...
As much as I appreciate Jimbo’s casual yet classy pullover and jeans look, this is a baseball game, and Herman’s jersey and cap look is hard to top.
Herman actually throws from the rubber, while Jimbo stands at the fringe of the mound. Most pitchers will tell you that they prefer for these guys to stay off of the rubber, because they are often very particular about the dirt around that area. Clearly Tom doesn’t have the team’s best interest at heart.
Tom Herman: 64 degrees
Jimbo Fisher: 51 degrees
Velocity (time to plate)
Herman: 0.85 seconds (from mound)
Fisher: 0.80 seconds (from grass)
Herman: High and outside
Fisher: High, but over the plate
Texas: 8-6 win over Stanford
A&M: 6-3 win over South Carolina
Jimbo Fisher 3 (starting point, pitching angle, location)
Tom Herman 1 (attire)
Who do YOU think threw the best pitch?
This poll is closed
Oh my god just play the damn football game