I have wanted to see HotSpot in baseball for some time. Admittedly this was without a detailed plan of how the manufacturer would accomplish this, just a desire to see it. It could even clarify contentious hit by pitch calls. Now, courtesy of the pig-headedness of the BCCI I have got my wish. In the top of the fifth of Game One of the World Series Fox Sports showed the batsman fouling the ball off his foot in infrared. It was truly a glorious sight. Well, that’s not really true, but it was a cool sight. (And slightly odd, since I’m used to seeing it in a very different context.)
It also provided a lovely reminder of how mind-blowingly stupid Tim McCarver is. Joe Buck, after making a stupid TSA joke did actually explain that it was an infrared camera borrowed from their cricket coverage. (I had actually forgot that Fox does the cricket in Oz too.) This prompted Tim McCarver to proclaim that he had no idea how it worked. It’s hard to be sure, but I think he is unaware that friction causes heat. Either that, or he just likes talking about how ignorant he is. I’ve spent a lot of time during the postseason trying to decide if the various TBS commentators are worse than Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. I still suspect they are, but Tim is making it close.