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Pooholes as smart as Babe Ruth!?!?!?!?!?
« on: August 23, 2006, 07:37:58 am »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060822/ap_on_sc/bbn_pujols_science

Pujols aces tests given to Babe Ruth Tue Aug 22, 6:31 PM ET
 
ST. LOUIS - How does El Hombre match up against the Sultan of Swat? This spring, Washington University scientists, at the request of GQ magazine, put Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols through a series of tests similar to those given to Babe Ruth 85 years ago tests ranging from finger tapping to visual responses to bat speed.

The results? Both men aced the tests, and their results were strikingly similar.

In 1921, psychologists at Columbia University put Ruth through scientific tests to try to determine what made him great. He had faster than average reflexes, steady nerves, and superior sight and hearing.

The same holds true for Pujols. At Washington University, clinical neuropsychologist Desiree White and cognitive psychologist Richard Abrams and their colleagues gave Pujols tests resembling the ones Ruth took. Both men were 26 and top hitters when they were tested.

GQ features some of the results of the Pujols tests in its September issue.

For one test, White put a piece of paper in front of Pujols. Capital letters were strewn about the page. White told Pujols to locate and cross out all of the As.

White realized she'd never seen anyone scan the page the way Pujols did. Most people scan a page left to right, the way they do when they read. Pujols visually divided the page into sectors and searched each one briefly for the letters before moving on to the next sector. When he'd searched all sectors, he returned to the first and started over. It took him four rounds and a minute to complete the task.

"I've never seen anyone scan that way, but it would be important on the baseball field," White said, noting the skill would allow Pujols to scan the field and know where everyone is without missing any action.

In another test, Pujols replicated 133 symbols in a minute a testament to Pujols' hand-eye coordination. The test makers don't even list a score that high.

In a test of finger-tapping speed, Pujols tapped at 2.4 standard deviations faster than average placing him in the 99th percentile.

"It just doesn't get any better than that," White said.

In fact, Pujols popped the screw right out of the finger tapper. He was contrite, even fixed the machine, tightening the screw with a fingernail.

White said Pujols' performance on any one test doesn't explain his abilities; it's the whole package that probably counts.

"My hypothesis would be that there's something special about how he puts it all together" on the field, she said.


That and the fact he's huge.

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2006, 08:11:26 am »
Did they test Pujols for these??





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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2006, 08:34:50 am »
His smarts didn't matter last night.. Neither did his 7 RBI...

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2006, 08:46:24 am »
Albert Pujols is so much like the Babe it's scary? Say it isn't so. Please don't let him come for us.

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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2006, 09:04:55 am »
His smarts didn't matter last night.. Neither did his 7 RBI...

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2006, 09:08:32 am »
How pissed am I that I shut the game off when the Mets went down 7-1?? :nono

What's worse is that I was watching poker and saw that the score was 7-5 on the ESPN ticker.. I figured I had a few minutes, and when poker was over at 10:00 I flipped over.. Game was already over...  >:(

Delgado is the man as well.. I just had to give the props to Beltran for the walkoff..

Rack Beltran's 16th inning walkoff early in the season vs. PHI.. "Ripped in the air to deep right field... Abreu looks up, AND WE'RE GOING HOME!!"  :lol

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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2006, 09:12:39 am »
What is that Red Cross on Beltran's batting helmet?