I’ve written about this before, but it seems even more important due the current state of affairs. Baseball is a game of super-weird superstition. When you’re throwing a no-no, everyone avoids you in the dugout. When you can’t stop hitting the ball, you eat the same thing every day or hit the same amount of batting practice pitches before each game. Or sometimes you do all kinds of crazy things in a Wade Boggs-esque manner.
I think this is just as important for the fans as well. We all have our rituals that make us feel as if we somehow hold sway over the outcome of a game. There’s the effervescent rally cap, a classic maneuver a fan makes when his team is struggling late in the game.
Down here in Bolivar, there are two bros that watch/follow Royals games with me and we all have our own rituals for coaxing victory out of they guys. We all went on a stadium tour a few months ago and at the end, we got some Royals swag to take with us. The hats we got were a little bit crummy. They weren’t even snap-backs. They were like those lame belt-loop ones that hardly anyone our age wears.
Anyways, after mocking these hats incessantly, my buddy Trev has started rocking his during the game because every time he wears it, we start scoring runs. It’s a little eerie, really.
My other buddy Jake has a bat signed by Amos Otis that he likes to hold during the games. It makes the players play better. For reals.
I, myself have this awesome Royals light that I turn on after each Royals win. Much like, Paul Revere….or something.
What do you guys do?
I want some weird traditions, man.