Tim McCarver isn't just a baseball announcer, no, he's also evidently an amateur meteorologist. How else would one explain McCarver dropping this wisdom on an unsuspecting nation during Saturday afternoon's MLB on Fox coverage:
McCarver: "It has not been proven, but I think ultimately it will be proven that the air is thinner now, there has been climactic changes over the last 50 years in the world and I think that's one of the reasons that balls are carrying much better now than I remember. You know, the ball that Ramirez hit out and the ball Freese hit out, I didn't think either one was going to be a home run, yet they made it."
Buck: "So that's your inconvenient truth?"
McCarver: "Well I think they're going to find that out one of these days, yes, I do. That's a theory, but we'll see."
At least Joe Buck was able to wisecrack with the "inconvenient truth" line. McCarver explains this is just a theory, so we'll have to wait for the day when he releases his scientific papers on baseballs flying through a thinning atmosphere over the last fifty years. How could we have missed CLIMATE CHANGE as fundamentally changing the game of baseball amongst steroids, expansion, and the evolution of athletes?