Cincy Science: Why we laugh, cry and skip work (or school) on Reds Opening Day

CINCINNATI - Ever ask, "What is that?" Or, "Why is that?" In our new "Cincy Science" feature, we talk with people who can answer those questions: The folks who do science in Cincinnati and the Tri-State.

Opening day is Monday, March 31. Planning to take in the parade, the game or both? Maybe you’re even considering calling in sick to work or skipping school. Maybe you’re even considering calling in sick to work or skipping school.

Well, you’re not alone; Opening Day is Cincinnati’s official unofficial holiday. This year, more than 43,000 will flock to Great American Ballpark to watch the Reds take on St. Louis, not to mention the thousands who will don their red and white for other festivities.

So why do we get so excited about the Reds opener here in Cincinnati? To help us understand, UC College of Medicine professor of psychiatry, Charles Brady took a swing at explaining our obsession with Opening Day.

1. Is there a psychological explanation for why we like to watch sports?

There are a number of psychological reasons that we like to watch sports. For fans with a diehard allegiance to their favorite team, they often see the team as an extension of themselves.Their self-esteem can rise or fall depending on the relative success or failure of their team. Even the term "heart breaking loss" reflects the deep and personal hurt that fans feel when their team loses an important game.

 

 

 

 
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Opening day fever is settling in across Reds country. Headed down to the parade, the game or both? Maybe you’re even considering calling in sick to work or skipping school. 

Well, you’re not alone; Opening Day is Cincinnati’s official unofficial holiday. This year, more than 43,000 will flock to Great American Ballpark to watch the Reds take on St. Louis, not to mention the thousands who will don their red and white for other festivities.

Why do we get so excited about the Reds opener here in Cincinnati? To help us understand, UC College of Medicine professor of psychiatry, Charles Brady took a swing at explaining our obsession with Opening Day.

1. Is there a psychological explanation for why we like to watch sports?

There are a number of psychological reasons that we like to watch sports. For fans with a diehard allegiance to their favorite team, they often see the team as an extension of themselves.Their self-esteem can rise or fall depending on the relative success or failure of their team. Even the term "heart breaking loss" reflects the deep and personal hurt that fans feel when their team loses an important game.

But even for sports fans who don’t have a strong passion for a certain team, sports are psychologically attractive for other reasons.They contain drama, excitement, and extraordinary achievement in the face of adversity.We are drawn to all of these and a sporting event offers these in a convenient experience that has a clear start and finish.

Become a WCPO Insider to learn more about the science of Opening Day excitement. And, read what a former Reds employee says about the "art" of Opening Day fever.
 

 

 

 

 


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