We all know that before a baseball game starts no player should step on the foul line and that certain teams have (or have had) some pretty convincing curses to deal with. If you think these things are silly, then it's probably best you pick a different post to read because I'm one of those crazy people who holds the same position all through extra innings after her team ties it up.
I started thinking about this post because of my fantasy team.. (Yeah the one that is an epic fail..) - Let me start with this story. So Dexter Fowler dove for a ball in a game a few weeks ago, immediately got pulled out and has been day-to-day ever since. Basically he has pinch hit just a few times and not seen much playing time otherwise. Well I never took him out of my fantasy team lineup even though I knew he wasn't going to play much. After about a week I was getting ready to put him on the bench (again, I'm really bad at this fantasy thing..), but he pinch hit in the Cards game that day and got an RBI to either tie or put us ahead. Uh okay, not taking him out now because even though he's not helping my fantasy team he helped the Cards win! The next game, he got another RBI and we went on to win. I'll take the L for fantasy points if it means the Birds on the Bat are winning games. Because clearly the only reason he's doing this is because I haven't messed with my fantasy team.. I know, I'm crazy.
If you go back further, when I played softball we played a national tournament and had played somewhere around 7 games in one day, and won them all. My best friend and I refused to wash our uniforms for the next day. We got 3rd in the tournament and I think still to this day we'd agree our dirty uniforms helped with that.
Baseball (and softball) and superstitions just go together, there is no other way to put it. Fox Sports put out an article last year of 10 great baseball superstitions with a little backstory and ranked by effectiveness. I suggest reading it here! - It mentions things like the rally monkeys in Anaheim, nervous tics, and no one speaking of no-hitters while they're in progress. Yep, all things I do. All things that make baseball great. Or maybe just makes it odd. Jonny Gomes has been quoted saying, "You can't explain this stuff. We are all screwed up. That's what the game does to us. And that's why the game is so awesome." Whether you're a player or a fan it's likely you take part in the superstition or believe that they are the reason you are winning or losing.
In the same ESPN article I pulled the Gomes quote from there are examples of player's superstitions and the categories they fit in. Five categories to be exact, Random Acts of Strangeness, Food & Drink, Hygiene, Uniforms, and Randy Choate has a category all to himself. There are some pretty great superstitions in the article. My favorites have got to be Torii Hunter cleaning his shoes before and during games, Alex Gordon never using the on-deck circle to the point where they have to resod it, and Chipper Jones playing solitaire on the computer until 6:55pm every night. There are so many more throughout the article and throughout baseball that you'll see if you just watch a few games.
Thanks for the read & if you see me pacing with a rally cap on, don't expect me to stop and talk.. ;P