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So the humidor doesn't work?

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In light of this study done by CU researchers that concludes that humidity doesn't alter a baseball's aerodynamics, and thus refuting the claims of "numbers" that seem to say scoring is way down at Coors Field since the thing was installed, we're left back at the drawing board fishing for new theories. Don't worry, I've got a few that I want CU physicists to study post haste:

1. Rockies pitchers are just that good. Oh yeah, we're going to rue the day when Dragonslayer Josh Fogg signs his contract with the Cardinals. The problem is that park effects take into account the opposition as well, so thinking about how the unbalanced schedule came into play about then, I have to amend that with 1a. NL West pitchers are just that good. Hey, so maybe it's not us that rues, as we're going to snatch up Brett Tomko to replace Fogg. Take that, rival scum. Alright, so this theory appears to have some obvious flaws on the surface, although I can't quite put my finger on what they are. One of those physicists will have to figure it out.

2. Rockies Jesus did it. This one seems a pretty likely candidate to me, as scoring at Coors really took a dip once it was learned that the Almighty was on our side. We just need to figure out a control group so we can compare a Jesus team to a no Jesus team. Washington seems to be collecting baseball's heathen wild children this winter, I think the series when they visit Coors next year should be a pretty definitive experiment.

3. Dinger's hexes. They really work. Besides making watching games at Coors nearly unbearable for opposing fans, all that weirdness behind home plate actually serves to ward off the evil altitude demons. We need to test the aerodynamics of Dinger hexed baseballs, versus those of non-Dinger hexed baseballs to be sure.

4. Greenhouse Gases. Al Gore should be on top of this. Denver's brown cloud has come home to roost as the CO2 buildup around Coors Field has effectively done what some have been advocating for years by creating a bubble of higher pressure to mitigate the altitude. Thank heaven for global warming.

5. The humidor does work. Crazy, I know, but maybe the CU study was missing something by feeding data into a computer model rather than making an actual field test. There's a lot left open to question here. The article acknowledges that the grip has been cited as being better with the humidified baseballs by pitchers, but I think there's more to it than that.