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While getting ready for my last baseball game, I was thinking about all of the little things that I do out of habit. I’m no different than most baseball players, we’re all a little bit superstitious.
I’d like to think that mine aren’t nearly as exciting as some of the others I’ve read about through the years. For instance, when I’m pitching, I’ll always make sure that the last person who touches the ball smiles. The list for me goes on: I will only listen to music in my car on an odd-numbered volume in my car when I drive to a game and I always touch the plate with my bat before getting ready to bat. When I’m running on the bases, I always go back and touch the bases in between every pitch. I’m sure there’s more, but that’s a good enough start for now. But without further ado, I present to you some of baseball’s more famous and obscure superstitions in baseball history.
To put it nicely, Larry Walker had an obsession with the number 3. I’m not sure where it came from, but he always wore the number 33, he never set him alarm for an exact hour but always 33 minutes past it, he also got married at 3:33 on November 3rd. Go figure that he ended up hitting .313 for his career.
Reggie Jackson wore the same batting helmet for the duration of his professional career. Jackson played for several teams during his career, and would simply just paint over his helmet every time he switched teams.
‘Pebbly Jack’ Glasscock was considered to be one of the best hitting shortstops in the late 1800s, and earned his nick name from picking up pebbles and rocks he found in the infield, and placing them in his pocket. I bet you he didn’t get off to too many rocky starts in his career.
Willie Stargell had a hall of fame career for the Pirates, hitting 475 home runs before retiring. The best part about it was that he never once used a bat with his name on it, as he used to always order his bats with the name of one of his teammates on it, never his.
Wade Boggs had all kinds of superstitions, such as fielding exactly 150 ground balls every practice, but that’s not the one he’s most famous for. Before every single game, Boggs would eat chicken before every single game.
My beloved Tigers have a few players with superstitions, such as Max Scherzer eating the biggest roast beef sandwich he can find before games that he starts, Justin Verlander eats Taco Bell the night before he pitches and Jose Valverde…well, he’s got a bunch.
He always has three pieces of gum in his right pocket, he has three gloves in his locker, he has three cars in the United States and three back in the Dominican Republic, and if he goes out to have a few drinks with his teammates, he will only have exactly three beers.
Maybe all baseball players are crazy, but if they’re producing, I doubt you’ll hear anyone complain. As for my favorite, I got to go with Babe Ruth. When asked if he had any superstitions, he said he only had one.