The world of baseball is packed with a rich history, adrenaline-pumping action, and, of course, a whole load of superstitions. These superstitions are widely believed and followed by players, managers, and even fans.
If you have watched a game, you will have noticed that some players have certain movements that they perform before a pitch. Some are as quick and simple as kissing a rosary, while others need to complete a sequence or routine before daring to make a move. A lot of these superstitions have a history behind them, usually related to a winning streak. As a result, everything that happened before that winning moment forms part of the winning ritual. Failure to perform this routine to the T will result in some seriously bad luck.
Let us look at some of the most common baseball superstitions.
10 Baseball Superstitions You Should Know
- Do not ever mention the words “perfect game” or “no-hitter” when a game is underway, it is bad luck.
- Certain bats and gloves are lucky, and if they are not used during a game, you are in for a disappointing time. Other items of clothing have also been deemed lucky and include caps, t-shirts, and even underwear.
- “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is said to be lucky, especially when sung during the seventh-inning stretch.
- You are what you eat, and some players, believe that certain foods will bring them luck. This means that it should be consumed just before the game to ensure optimal performance. Matt Garza needs to eat Popeye’s Chicken before each game that he is scheduled to start. So far, this has proven to work in his favour.
- Jack Glasscock performs a specific routine before stepping up to the bat and pitch. He adjusts his glove, sleeves, and helmet.
- Larry Walker believes in lucky number three. He has the number three on his jersey, practices swings in threes, sets his alarm at 3:33pm, and got married on the third day of the month at 3.33pm.
- Mark Teixeira does not wear matching socks. This came about when he accidentally wore one of CC Sabathia’s socks during a game and had one of the best games of his career.
- Don Robinson does not want anyone to pass or throw him a ball when he begins an inning; he needs to pick the ball up off the ground.
- Max Scherzer’s superstition is rather unusual in that his superstition is not letting anyone know what superstitions he believes in or what rituals he follows. Clearly if he wants to get that perfect straight, he keeps quiet and just goes for it.
- Dick Stuart always had a piece of gum in his mouth when walking up to the plate for the sole purpose of taking it out and throwing it across the plate before facing the first pitch.
There are tons of other superstitions out there, some weirder than others. The one thing they all have in common? Helping people get lucky.