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March 14, 2007

Men Want to Know How a Batter Swings: A page design article on an eye-tracking study offers a tidbit on how people observe baseball players at bat, using a photo of George Brett as a test. Women looked at Brett's face. Men divided their time between his face and his equipment. (Via Jason Kottke).

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:45 PM - 19 comments

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

posted by THX-1138 at 02:03 PM on March 14

Coyne adds that this difference doesn’t just occur with images of people. Men tend to fixate more on areas of private anatomy on animals as well, as evidenced when users were directed to browse the American Kennel Club site. Trying to figure out if we measure up? Or are we just the pervs that women say we are?

posted by SummersEve at 02:07 PM on March 14

This is very interesting but I think it is more psychology than sport.

posted by sickleguy at 02:12 PM on March 14

It's a study of gender differences in viewing men bat, specifically. It's about the psychology and sociology of sport fans, generally. It's about men staring at the genital region of other men, oddly. It's about a lot of things I don't really want to know about, seriously.

posted by 2 time mvp of the shittiest team ever at 02:17 PM on March 14

I watched a cubs yankees game a few years back and watched a few woman who could care less about the game they just wanted Derek Jeter to bat hey I didn't care what they were looking at I was just hoping he wouldn't get a hit

posted by luther70 at 02:51 PM on March 14

Are they sure we are not just wathcing his hip turn, since this picture is during impact. These studies don't tell you everything. My eyes would scan his whole body depending how far I am from the hitter of course, but at impact all I care is did he hit it and were does it go!

posted by sap_basis at 03:32 PM on March 14

His fly is open.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 03:36 PM on March 14

If this makes you feel weird, how do you think George Brett feels about it? (Self-link: I tried it out with a picture of Kottke).

posted by rcade at 04:01 PM on March 14

There were better choices for the photo in this study than George Brett, you know. Hell, on the 1980 Royals alone you could find Willie Wilson and Peter LaCock.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:27 PM on March 14

I wonder if it has anything to do with men being conditioned from Playboy and other such magazines to look straight to the areas that count? Expecting lbb's arrival in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:28 PM on March 14

And here I thought our eyes were the window to our souls....harumph, who knew?

posted by tommytrump at 04:44 PM on March 14

Sorry fraze, I worded that very poorly, mainly because I was speaking for myself and generalized it for all men. Rephrase: I wonder if it has anything to do with people being conditioned from Playboy and other such magazines to look straight to the areas that we want to see naked?

posted by hawkguy at 04:55 PM on March 14

Expecting lbb's arrival in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... As a somewhat long time SpoFi reader and someone that has noticed the nuances of specific participants, THAT is freakin' funny! Still love ya, lbb.

posted by The SmoothMASTER at 05:10 PM on March 14

Credit Hawkguy with the save. This is a good time to share my favorite joke from Happy Days. Richie, Potsy and Ralph Malph are at Arnold's. Ralph Malph shows Potsy a nudie mag. Potsy's eyes grow as wide as saucers, and he says, "Boy, wouldn't you like to see a sweater on her!"

posted by rcade at 05:14 PM on March 14

We have nuances? Here I am thinking we were perfect. Rcade I liked your self link. Very funny.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:02 PM on March 14

There were better choices for the photo in this study than George Brett, you know. Hell, on the 1980 Royals alone you could find Willie Wilson and Peter LaCock. Or the former Red's pitching coach - Dick Pole Some other potentials: Mike Sweeney (say real fast) Jack Glasscock Rusty Peters Dick Wantz Dick Braggins Johnny Dickshot

posted by bdaddy at 07:51 AM on March 15

(Self-link: I tried it out with a picture of Kottke) Now THAT was funny. Thanks, rcade.

posted by BornIcon at 09:45 AM on March 15

Men divided their time between his face and his equipment. Before I read the link, I thought we were talking about how far the pine tar extended up his bat. Oh! Maybe we are.

posted by Howard_T at 09:55 AM on March 15

wait... how can they tell where people look again? that wasnt clear to me.

posted by travisl212 at 11:25 PM on March 15

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