The Old Ball Game

The Old Ball Game

Baseball season is here! It's time once again to explore our national pastime's quirkiest traditions, discuss what makes a true champion—and debate the causes and effects of players' rampant drug-use.

Why Pitchers Hit Batters

Understanding revenge on the baseball field.

Inside A Major-Leaguer's Mind

How baseball players' minds influence performance on the field.

Batters on Benders

Why cocaine, marijuana, and amphetamine use is common in baseball.

Beware of Lefties!

Teaching fear on the baseball field.

When Managers Strike Out

The effects of firing leaders after a losing season.

Birth Order and Baseball

Having siblings can affect how risky you are.

The Psychology of Sports Fans

Are you a fair weather fan?

The Philadelphia Phillies--2008 World Series Champs?!

How do you handle victory when you're so used to defeat?

What Sports Mean to Us - and Why it's Important

What really makes a big game so compelling?

What's With the Windup?

Pitching mound dances, swimming in circles, and loving our routines

The Morally Questionable Lessons of Formal Sports II

How athletes justify cheating, lying, and deliberately hurting a person.

Lessons from a World Series

What we learned from last year's competition.

Why Do Baseball Players Spit?

The emotions behind the spitting baseball player.

What Do Baseball and Pornography Have in Common?

Both illuminate our understanding of human nature.

Should Little League Baseball Be Nationally Televised?

We're exploiting the trials and tribulations of young children.

The Booze Ban

Baseball finally outlawed alcoholic celebrations. Hallelujah!

And the Oscar for Best Decision Goes to...

Brad Pitt's lessons on leadership.

Major Anxiety in the Major Leagues

Athletes aren't immune to the normal range of human emotions.