Baseball Superstitions

Are you superstitious? XM Radio touched on this subject Thursday morning and many of the callers shared their game day rituals, or superstitions, and certain things they do that will guarantee their team a win. Baseball is not only a game full of tradition but full of superstitions as well. As the line from Bull Durham so eloquently put it, a player must respect a winning streak.

Players have their rituals or habits on game days, but many of the fans do as well. So on Friday the 13th, what are your superstitions? As Holden Kushner pointed out, curses do not exist but superstitions…well, that’s a whole different story.

According to, the top nine baseball superstitions are as follows:

  1. Not stepping on the foul line when going on or coming off the field
  2. Eating the same food before every game
  3. Leaving the pitcher alone and not talking about a no-hitter
  4. Lucky bat or glove
  5. Sign of the cross/pointing to the heavens
  6. Tapping the bat on the plate
  7. Sitting in the same place in the dugout
  8. Not shaving
  9. Going to the same restaurant or eatery before every playoff game

The Seattle-Times published a very interesting article on baseball superstitions in November of 2005….and just about every player in the game has certain things they do either before or during a game.

Lou Piniella’s crew will lace it up later on Friday for their last split squad games of the spring. Half the team will face the Mariners at HoHoKam behind Sean Marshall while the rest of the roster will make the short trip to Tempe with Chad Gaudin. In the meantime, are you superstitious?

Hat tip to Buck Martinez and Scott Graham

Quote of the Day

"Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure." - Joe Maddon