The game of baseball has a long history of superstition. I’m sure you’ve heard about the curse of the Bambino, players refusing to shave and pre-game routines. Pitchers are known to be the most superstitious of all baseball players. So much so, that the non-pitchers think they are all crazy.
The funny thing about baseball superstition is they can arise at anytime based on good or bad game experience.
Baseball superstitions are fascinating and is embedded deep in baseball folklore. Here are my nine top baseball superstitions. I’m using nine to go with that “superstition” theme – shake a leg!
The Top 9 Baseball Superstitions
1. Not Stepping on the foul line when going on or coming off the field
Pitchers and managers are always very cautious not to touch that foul line.
2. Eating the same food before every game
Wade Boggs, who played for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees was infamous for eating chicken before ever game.
3. Leaving the Pitcher Alone and Not talking about a No-hitter
This is one of the superstitions that almost every baseball player adheres to. The last thing any player wants to do is jinx his pitcher when he has a No-hitter going. The superstition goes – if you talk about it the no-hitter will be broken.
4. Lucky Bat or Glove
Some players must have there lucky bat and/or glove in order to be successful (in their mind). But what happens when they break their lucky bat?
5. Sign of the cross/pointing up to the heavens
You see it everyday. Players pointing up to the sky to give thanks and players making the sign of the cross before getting in the batter’s box.
6.Tapping the bat on Plate
It seems every player does this. I guess it’s similar to knocking on wood!
7. Sitting in the same place in the dugout
You may not have heard about this one but it is very, very common. If you watch you’re favorite Major League baseball team over the course of the season you will notice that players tend to sit in a specific area in the dugout with the same group of guys.
8. Not Shaving
Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees has make this famous. Earlier in the 2008 season Jason did not shave for a couple of days and then had a big day at the plate. So much so that he grew a mustache. Believe it or not he went on an incredible hitting streak for weeks to come. It became such the rage with fans and media that the Yankee front office actually promoted it with a mustached Jason Giambi Bobble Head Doll day. This is a classic.
9. Going to the Same Restaurant or Eatery Before Every Playoff Game
In the fourth game of the 1998 world series, Jim Leyritz of the New York Yankees hit a three run homer walkoff homerun off Mark Wohlers of the Atlanta Braves. That homerun changed the momentum of the series and it le to the Yankees winning the World Series. After hitting that home run, Jim returned to the same restaurant he had eaten in the day he hit the three run homer. It worked! – the Yankees went on to win four of the next five world championships.
So there you have it, the top nine baseball superstitions that make baseball what it is. The next time you’re watching a game and your team needs a few runs to win the game… Put on your rally caps and become part of the mystique of baseball – maybe your team will win – “Knock Wood”