Saturday, April 21, 2007


For some reason, I hadn't gotten to watch Beckett pitch his winnings today when I realized I would be home...I had a dilemma: Do I watch the game? Do I just listen? Do I just get in chat or on SG and read the comments? OR do I just hunker down and settle in...and bite the bullet and admire Josh's way with the ball? I was superstitious about the fact that Josh was having a FANTASTIC April and I did NOT want to be the one who blew that for him....Laugh ALL you WANT!!! But superstitions are synonymous with baseball.

Some examples:
*Spitting into your hand before picking up the bat is said to bring good luck.
*A wad of gum stuck on a player's hat brings good luck.
*It is bad luck if a dog walks across the diamond before the first pitch.
*Some players believe it is good luck to step on one of the bases before running off the field at the end of an inning.
*It is bad luck to touch the baselines while running off and onto the field between innings.
*Lending a bat to a fellow player is a serious jinx.
*Some players actually sleep with their bat to break out of a hitting slump or stay in a groove.
*If a pitcher is throwing a perfect game or a no-hitter, never speak of it while it's going on.
*Not talking about the outcome of a 7 game series before it is over.
*Not shaving after the first postseason win
*Chewing only one wad of gum per game
*Tapping one's bat onto the home plate before an at-bat
*Drawing in the batter's box before each at-bat
*Tapping one's bat against the catcher's and umpire's knee pad.

I watched the game and saw Beckett pitch GREAT! I am looking forward to this season as Beckett continues to blossom in Boston! Boston and Beckett seem to be growing on one another. I am looking forward to the last game of this Red Sox-Yankee series...a chance for Daiske to get his first Win over the Yankees. Hopefully someone cleans house and remembers to bring the broom.


KAYLEE said...

that was the first start I saw him pitch in to I watched the rest on Gameday:) but I liked the result:D

Ted D said...

Tex, I joked with you earlier this week aboutthis very thing! Good to see you are not bad luck!

Great post: one of the things I love about baseball is the quirky superstions it breeds. I pull out a lucky ball to hold when the Sox play the Yankees, but only hold it when the SOx are in the field. I have a broked bat used by Tom Glavine's little brother that Ciera's Godfather gave me that I hold and/or swing when the Sox are at bat. Plus, I'll switch caps if things don't go well.

SO don't feel bad: you are not alone!

Tex said...

I wore the same shirt every day for 5 days in Boston when the Sox won after wearing Millar's college tshirt...I aired it out and wore it for part of the day...they kept winning till the day I went to Salem...and didnt wear it...

Ted D said...


There is someone more insane than I am!

Good for you Tex: I'm a firm believer you can't be a real baseball fan without being a little nutty.

You qualify!