Playoff Baseball And Beard Tugs

With the Playoffs abound, baseball’s superstitions get weird

Written by Josh Hoffert (@WhatTheHOFF)
Baseball superstitions

Beard tugs for everyone!

The world of sports is crazy.  Fans are always neglecting to wash their jerseys, wearing their hats strictly backwards, and high-fiving twice for every home run hit.  It gets weirder though and it certainly doesn’t stop with the fans.  The MLB Postseason is practically here, which is bound to bring out the weirdest of the weird.

Red Sox Beard Tugging

As of now, I don’t know if the Boston Red Sox tugging on their teammates beards after a big play is really superstition.  But, if it’s not yet, it certainly will be.  The post season is here and before you know it, guys will start to feel strange if they don’t pull on those burly beards.  Papi even goes as far as digging through it for I don’t know….magic?

Leaping the foul line

Players hate stepping on the foul line.  Perhaps this one stemmed from some quirky game like “don’t step on the cracks” that everyone played as a kid.  Whether they claimed to be superstitious or not, many players avoid the line. This Capital One commercial explains it all.

Turk Wendell brushes his teeth…a lot

Turk Wendell was always known for his crazy superstitions.  During each inning, he would chew black licorice.  After each inning, he would brush his teeth.  This is one of the crazier superstitions I have heard.

Yunel Escobar shakes hands

If you want to call it hand shaking, you can.  To me, he’s a bit comparable to a wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man.  Either way, I like this one.  It seems that most of these guys have different shake too, making it a lot to remember.  I like it.

So with baseball on the brink of the Post-season, be on the lookout for some of the greatest superstitions in the sports world.  It seems to me that baseball players are some of the most superstitious, giving us the best clips to watch for.  You can discuss the best baseball superstitions in the comments below.

 

Sources:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/09/04/photos-red-sox-unleash-barrage-against-tigers/opLZfb1dLEKPzFNXkcgzSN/story.html?pic=16

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