Superstitions surround sports

There is a common belief that superstition accompanies sports. Baseball is one of the many sports that have a reputation of rituals and superstitions. This may include specific things players do before a game, or something to be avoided at all costs.

According to an article published in 2010 on Bleacher Report, common rituals range from the tapping or pulling of helmets and uniforms to eating a particular meal on game day. Superstitions may revolve around not washing certain uniform pieces or not speaking about things like a “no-hitter” while the game is in session.

Here at Skyline, some of the baseball players have their own versions of rituals and superstitions that they do in preparation for games.

Trojans’ catcher Keaton Ichman says he believes in superstitions and that he wants good karma.

“I like to be the first one here, so I can visualize the game,” Ichman said.

According to pitcher Michael Valdes, the team stretches together and as a reliever, he has to get focused quickly.

Superstitions and rituals have been a part of baseball history. Some famous curses have even derived from the existence of baseball superstitions. According to the Bleacher Report article, one of the most infamous historical superstitions is “The Curse of the Bambino.” This curse was the center of blame for the Boston Red Sox’s 86-year long lack of a World Series win. According to the legend, the curse was the result of star player Babe Ruth’s sale to the New York Yankees. Throughout the years, the curse defined the Red Sox, until 2004 when the streak was broken.

Valdes spoke about how the team feels toward winning streaks.

“When we have a winning streak going, we keep wearing that jersey till we lose,” Valdes said.

Clothing items seem to hold significance to athletes’ superstitions.

Outfielder Mike Franco has his own take on ritualized clothing.

“I’ve worn the same arm sleeve for the past three years…I feel lost without it,” Franco said.

Pre-game and gameday rituals have defined players in Major League history. Mike Hargrove, nicknamed “The Human Rain Delay” was notorious for his extensive list of batter’s box habits. According to Business Insider, Hargrove’s quirks included adjusting his helmet, gloves, and sleeves. He would also tap his pockets, wipe his hands and rub his nose.

Whether they work or not, rituals and superstitions are a staple to the world of baseball. Like they say: don’t fix what isn’t broken.