Hey, CamSoda! I found someone else to add to your list.
I thought we were done with pitchers getting naked in the middle of games. I was thinking Max Scherzer and Sergio romoMLB’s tantrums after implementing its new guidelines for pitchers using foreign substances were going to be the end of it. It turns out I had it all wrong. All it took for Cincinnati’s Sonny Gray to don her birthday costume was a poor start and a bit of superstition.
Baseball players are arguably the most superstitious of athletes, right? You are not walking on the foul line while going on the court. You’re not talking about no-hitting matches or perfect matches when your pitcher throws one. You do not change equipment on a winning streak. And you don’t steal Jobu’s rum.
Other famous baseball superstitions include New York City Joe DiMaggio always having to touch second base before entering dugout, the longtime Yankees’ safety net Jorge Posada urinates on his hands frequently throughout the season thinking it would help remove calluses… and a lot of things involving chicken. from Boston Wade boggs needed to eat chicken before every game, and fellow veteran Matt Garza used to eat Popeye Chicken before every game he started. He even occasionally shared with his teammates. It’s a superstition I can take.
Sonny Gray doesn’t have a family superstition like that, however. After pitching four under-par innings against the Kansas City Royals last night, where Gray allowed two earned runs on seven hits and two walks, Gray left the assault field and headed for the shelter from the team. According to the man himself, Gray then took off every ounce of clothes he was wearing, changed all of his clothes except his cleats, and returned to take back the mound.
The double All-Star Gray might just be the most superstitious person in the league right now. The only reason he didn’t change his cleats is because he “didn’t want to go out with white cleats.” But is it really superstitious if it works? Sonny Gray returned to the mound and struck out the next nine hitters he faced. He ended his night by pulling the team out in the seventh inning as his Reds made a comeback to give Gray his second win of the season.
Gray spent most of June on the IL, but excelled for the Reds when he was in good health this year. Despite holding a 2-4 record, Gray has a 3.19 ERA and is currently on track to match the highest strikeout rates per nine of her career. If baseball players are as superstitious as their reputation suggests, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gray decides to keep multiple outfit changes with him for every game he has to start. Then every time Gray clears a run, there’s a new uniform to change into. With this new strategy, Gray could be the most dominant pitcher in the league for the remainder of the season… but again, every time he changed his outfit it would take another substantive check from the umpires. It would get very boring very quickly. Guess it’s just a matter of whether Gray thinks it’s worth it, but based on how he played last night, I’d be willing to bet that he would gladly be checked every round though. that meant he wouldn’t allow any points. .