Baseball just might be the sport with the most superstitious lot of players. Bleacher Report lists the top 50 strangest. Here’s a sampling:
Jason Giambi puts on a gold thong whenever he’s in a slump.
Moises Alou pees on his batting gloves, supposedly to make them tougher, when he is in a slump.
Mark Teixeira developed a recent superstition when a sock of CC Sabathia’s accidentally ended up in his locker, Mark had unknowingly put on one sock with the correct #25, and one with the #52, and didn’t notice until the game had started; after he had one of the better games of his career—two home runs and six RBI’s—he decided to don two different sox in all future games.
Hitters often like to get close to their bats. Occasionally this will occur with pitchers as well. Pitcher R.A. Dickey takes his choice of bats very seriously, naming each one of them with creative monikkers.
Turk Wendell, who signed a contract with the Mets in 2000 for $ 9,999,999.99,took 99 as his player number.
Tim Lincecum wore the same cap his first five seasons in MLB.
Wade Boggs would take batting practice at precisely 5:17 when plating at night. He would also take 150 grounders, no more and no less, during warm-ups.