Episode 15: Centripetal Forces with Emma Boyle


The year was 2014 and Paul and I invited our Human Geography teacher onto the first episode of the The Top Step to discuss the fan nations of America’s pastime. We didn’t let her talk much.

So these four years later we decided to have her back on the show to talk about yet another intersection of baseball and human geography: centripetal forces. No, not what keeps the water in the bucket when you spin it around your head to solidify your “cool uncle” status to your eight year-old nephew. It’s the academic term for a cohesive force that unites people in the midst of both triumph and tragedy.

We focus on that latter of those two, examining recent instances in which baseball teams rallied around their cities, and vice versa, in the aftermath of disaster.


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