Baseball Players are Superstitious
Everyone knows that baseball players are the most superstitious athletes on the planet, whether they admit it or not. Its unexplainable. We don’t know why we do what we do or even know how it started, but we will keep doing them until the numbers tell us otherwise.
I don’t believe anyone this year has a reason to change anything yet. When first asking a majority of the guys, they claim they can’t think of any superstitions on the spot and then, before you know it, they are rolling off one after another. I figured this would be a great chance to get to know some of your favorite Trojans in a different way.
TYLER RAY #12: I have to make five free throws in row on our six foot Fisher Price basketball goal and then drink a blue Powerade while watching a movie on any of the movie channels before I leave the house. On the way to the field I have to listen to the same two Linkin Park songs. If, for whatever reason, they are not finished by time I get to the field then I have to remain in my car until they are. While pulling up to the park I honk my horn at our pitchers on right field home run duty during batting practice. I hate it when nobody is out there at the time because I still have to randomly honk my horn. I never touch the game ball with my right hand until I need to throw. I always have to have heat and a weighted ball in my hand between innings.
NATE HILL #37: Hits his glove three times on the back of mound and takes three aggressive steps onto the rubber to start off an inning.
SHANE MCCAIN #28: Wears high ankle socks under game socks. Takes three drop back quarterback throws while warming up. He stretches with Tyler Vaughn’s wooden bat in the locker room before every game.
DREW HULL #15: He only eats one banana leading up to his usual one o'clock start and has strange stretching methods that probably don’t even exist.
NICK WARD #45: After every bad pitch he wipes off the rubber to clear that pitch from his head. So, if the mound is spotless the day Ward throws, that isn’t a good sign.
CHRIS FISHER #26: He kisses his glove every time before he goes out to pitch.
T.J RIVERA #8: He touches second base while taking the field.
ADAM BRYANT #6: Wears one sock inside out during every game. He doesn’t wear a cup while playing home games. He had a scare a couple weeks ago, but that still hasn’t stopped him. He puts in a piece of gum right before his first at bat.
TODD MCCRAE #19: He has a lucky jockstrap of six years that has been passed down from siblings. He has a lucky peanut that he has had since JUCO. He was dared during a JUCO game to see if he could keep it in his mouth during the entire game. Not only did he do that, but he also had a perfect 3-for-3 day with a home run. He doesn’t put it in his mouth anymore, but he still has it in his locker.
BLAKE MARTZ #14: He chews watermelon bubblelicious gum during batting practice.
BOONE SHEAR #3: He has to have something on his left wrist.
ALI KNOWLES #33: He eats a McDonald's No. 8 on game days. Watches an episode of "Fresh Prince", and has the same socks every day underneath game socks.
COACH PHILLIPS: Wouldn't cooperate with the interview because he is superstitious of telling his superstitions. Whatever works!
COACH HOUSE: Sprints over to coach first base and leads the same amount of base running sprints before the game.
MANAGERS: Write the starting pitchers' name in the dirt behind the mound.
We have a huge week and rest of the year starting this weekend with South Alabama. It’ll be the beginning of our important conference play. We are playing good ball right now and plan on keeping it going, but we can’t do what we are trying to do without the continued great support of the Troy baseball fans we have had to this point.
We look forward to seeing everyone there this weekend! Go Trojans!
Tyler Ray #12 (@TroyTrojan12)
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.” Hebrews 12:11-13