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I believed we have been by way of with pitchers disrobing in the course of video games. I believed Max Scherzer and Sergio Romo’s tantrums after MLB applied their new pointers relating to pitchers utilizing overseas substances have been going to be the tip of it. Seems I used to be lifeless flawed. All it took to get Cincinnati’s Sonny Grey to vary into his birthday swimsuit was a subpar begin and a bit superstition.
Baseball gamers are undoubtedly essentially the most superstitious athletes on the market, proper? You don’t step on the foul line whereas heading out onto the sector. You don’t speak about no-hitters or good video games when your pitcher is throwing one. You don’t change tools on a successful streak. And also you don’t steal Jobu’s rum.
Different well-known superstitions in baseball embrace New York’s Joe DiMaggio at all times having to the touch second base earlier than coming into the dugout, longtime Yankees’ backstop Jorge Posada urinating on his hands steadily all through the season considering it might assist take away calluses… and plenty of issues involving hen. Boston’s Wade Boggs wanted to eat hen earlier than each recreation, and veteran journeyman Matt Garza used to eat Popeye’s Rooster earlier than each recreation he began. He’d even share along with his teammates sometimes. Now that’s a superstition I can get behind.
Sonny Grey doesn’t have a family-friendly superstition like that although. After throwing 4 subpar innings towards the Kansas Metropolis Royals final evening, the place Grey allowed two earned runs on seven hits and two walks, Grey stormed off the sector and headed into the crew’s dugout. Per the person himself, Grey then proceeded to take off each ounce of clothes he had on, change all of his garments besides his cleats, and headed again out to take the mound once more.
The 2-time All-Star Grey simply could be essentially the most superstitious individual within the league proper now. The one purpose he didn’t change his cleats is as a result of he “didn’t need to go on the market with white cleats.” However is it actually superstitious if it really works? Sonny Grey went again to the mound and retired the following 9 batters he confronted. He completed his evening by putting out the aspect within the seventh inning as his Reds mounted a comeback to earn Grey his second win of the season.
Grey spent most of June on the IL, however has excelled for the Reds when wholesome this 12 months. Regardless of holding a 2-4 report, Grey has a 3.19 ERA and is at present on tempo to tie the highest strikeouts per nine rate of his profession. If baseball gamers are as superstitious as their repute makes them out to be, I wouldn’t be stunned if Grey decides to maintain a number of outfit modifications with him for each recreation he’s scheduled to begin. Then, anytime Grey permits a run, there’s a brand new uniform to vary into. With this new technique, Grey may very well be essentially the most dominant pitcher within the league for the rest of the season… however then once more, each time he modifies his outfit would require one other substance verify from the umpires. That’d get actual annoying actual quick. I suppose it’s only a query of whether or not or not Grey thinks it’s price it, however primarily based on how he carried out final evening, I’d be prepared to wager he’d gladly get checked each inning if it meant he wouldn’t enable any runs.