MLB Year in Review: Pitchers React to Key Home Runs

It’s possible to trace a year through home runs—through baseball’s most explicit displays of strength and glory. But it’s more enlightening to track a year through pitchers reactions to those home runs. How does the experience of giving up a moonburst translate physically? What can we see in the eyes of a man who just watched the night dissolve? Where does frustration turn into pain? When does pain turn into apathy? To wit: If the year’s most dramatic home run tells us something about baseball, well, the pitcher’s reaction to giving up the home run tells us something about the human condition.

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