How uplifting: Fans love beanball wars

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Via Baseball Musings, we learn of a study which is sad:

Researchers report “beaning” a member of the opposing team — deliberately hitting him with a pitch — is divorced in fans’ minds from the notion of moral responsibility.

In other words, the batter who received a nasty bruise — or worse — when he was hit by a retaliatory pitch didn’t really deserve it, in the minds of most fans. But a great many support beaning him regardless.

No word on what people thought when it was their team’s player, dammit, who got beaned.