Superstition is sewn into the tapestry of baseball as deeply as hot dogs and mascot races. Which is to say that it is part and parcel of baseball, but in many ways a side-show to the real thing.
There are many traditions (superstitions) in baseball running the gamut from not talking to the pitcher who has a no-hitter going (or not speaking of it over the airwaves) to players not stepping on the foul line running onto or off of the field. Some have to make a sign of the cross, others kiss a medal or as Yasiel Puig showed us in the World Series, lick their bats (EWWWWWEEE!!!) before stepping in against the pitcher.
And then there are the fans…..There was much angst last season for Astro fans as the magical season unfolded as we did not want ourselves or the team to wake up and realize how far above the earth and most of the other teams they were flying. It reminded one of the old kids’ saying “Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.” “Praise Dallas Keuchel. Send him to the DL.” Folks around the blog here dealt with this in many ways. Half way through the season and then halfway through the playoffs…”They haven’t proven anything yet.” “Those Indians killed us and could sweep us right out of the playoffs.” “My heart was broken in 1980 and ’86 and 2005, etc. so I can’t fully dive all in.” We were all afraid that a boastful remark, a comment about how great the team was or certain players would lead to a 20 game losing streak or 9 torn ACLs.
Last season, this writer finally decided that treading lightly had never done me or the team any good over the last 56 seasons. So I wrote posts like these:
- 10 reasons to believe
- 10 reasons the Astros will be the Red Sox
- It ain’t over until Sabathia sings
- 10 reasons the Astros will beat the Dodgers
It just seemed like the time to let it rip and results be damned.
I no longer fear being positive about my favorite team. They may not win it all this season, but it won’t be because I said that this is the best team in Astros history and what I’m sure is the best team in the major leagues.
But for you…..
- Where do you stand on the idea of superstition?
- Are you afraid of jinxing your favorite team(s)?
- Do you feel any different after what you went through last season?