I ain’t afraid of no goat

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Ben Clanin, Co- Sports Editor

   America’s pastime has been around for well over a hundred years. While the game has changed some over time, one thing has never changed: the superstitions that come with being a ball player. These superstitions come in many forms, from personal pre-game rituals to some very well known things that every baseball player must do.  

     The personal pre-game rituals and superstitions can range in themselves, from what food you eat before every game to the clothes you wear underneath your uniform.  One of the more interesting ones include that of New York Yankees former first baseman Mark Teixeira.  Before a game one day one of his teammate’s socks ended up in Teixeira’s locker.  That day he wore one sock with his own number, 25, and one with his teammates number, 52.  That day Big Tex had one of the best games of his career, hitting two homeruns and driving in six RBI’s.  From that day on he wore two different socks every game until he retired at the end of the 2016 season.  Some more simple ones include making sure to keep your batting gloves in the same pocket at all times, or wearing the same “lucky socks” every game.  Almost every baseball player has their own pre game ritual that they perform. Personally,  I make sure to write TB16 in the sand on the on deck circle before my first at bat of every game.  

     But not only are their personal rituals and superstitions, there are superstitions in baseball that every true baseball player should know. A few of the biggest ones are that you never, ever step on the foul line on gameday, it will bring bad luck down on you and your whole team. If you witness someday do this you need to keep as much distance away from that guy as possible.   Another one is you should never say the words “No Hitter or Perfect Game” when a pitcher is in the middle of throwing one, if anybody in the stands or in the dugout utter those words then the pitcher is bound to lose it.  If your pitcher is throwing one you always refer to it as “a good game” and leave it at that.  

     Baseball players are some of the most superstitious people you will ever meet, and the only good way to understand why they are is to be one of them. To those reading this, the things that I am saying make absolutely no sense and shouldn’t make any difference whatsoever in how well you perform in the game. But they are absolutely essential to doing well on the field.