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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Did fan energy help the Sox win the World Series?

Eric Leskowitz interviews a couple of young fans


Did the Red Sox win the World Series because so many fans desperately, desperately wanted them to? Can your uncle’s lucky undershorts really help Big Papi knock one out? Is Fenway Park a sacred place? Can sports help us become more spiritual?

The answer to all four questions is “yes,” according to filmmakers Eric and Joel Leskowitz. And they claim science backs them up.

The cousins are making a documentary, “The Joy of Sox: Weird Science and the Power of Attention,” which explores how team chemistry and fan energy influence the game.

Eric Leskowitz of Needham, a staff psychiatrist at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston who heads an alternative medicine research and treatment program, wrote a column for the Globe in September 2005 about how the Sox had fans to thank for breaking the Curse of the Bambino.

That got Joel, a film producer in Oregon, thinking about making a movie. Even before he consulted his cousin, he was on the phone with the Red Sox obtaining permission to interview fans at Fenway.

Want to learn more? Check out the film trailer online and read more about the cousins in tomorrow's Globe West.

-- Lauren K. Meade

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