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Discussion: Tell us your superstitions and quirky things before or during games

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Oct. 18, 2006
Hit the gap
Men's 60
143 posts
Tell us your superstitions and quirky things before or during games
What crazy things do you do before or during the game to insure a better chance of winning and bring good luck ??

One thing that I do is to make sure none of the bats are not crossed in the dugout. That is very bad luck to me.

Hope this thread will provide some light entertainment.
Oct. 18, 2006
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2641 posts
I do the crossed bats thing also. That's the only one that I have.
Oct. 18, 2006
Stones 1B
Men's 55
52 posts
Great topic here...refreshing from all the illegal bats and negativity.

Couple things for me...
1-I need to be standing outside of the dugout during the game. I can see better and it gives me the feeling that I'm right in the game throughout. Plus you can see and hear everything that happens.

2-I chew about 8-9 pcs. of gum during the game and redo the gum if I play another game dbl hitter etc, so I can spit in my batting glove to wpie the barrel of my bat prior to entering the batters box. Kind of like cleaning the dust/dirt of.

Not much of a Rah-Rah type..yell between innings tpye of thing. Just play, I get into the huddle to be part of the team but it doesn't "pump" me up. In tourneys if you're not pumped prior to the game then a little yell won't do it.

Play Hard, Play Fair but most of all Have Fun.
ALLLRYGHTTT!!!


All Good.
Oct. 18, 2006
Hit the gap
Men's 60
143 posts
Hi Stones. I used to pitch for the first 15 years that I played slowpitch. I would load up a big wad of "Big League Chew" gum then throw in a few seeds. That came to an abrupt end the day I got a screamer hit right at eye level. I made the catch but in the process, inhaled the wad. Nearly choked to death. LOL :-)
Oct. 18, 2006
Hit the gap
Men's 60
143 posts
Hi Stones. I used to pitch for the first 15 years that I played slowpitch. I would load up a big wad of "Big League Chew" gum then throw in a few seeds. That came to an abrupt end the day I got a screamer hit right at eye level. I made the catch but in the process, inhaled the wad. Nearly choked to death. LOL :-)
Oct. 18, 2006
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
I must say HTG that this kind of query
on an interesting part of our game is not only showing respect
but it's entertaining, too.
I knew you could do it.
Bravo.

I try to have nothing that I have to do because I'm worried
that if I forgot it or it changed somehow due to happenstance, loss or injury
that I would be feel like something was wrong and then self-fulfilling prophecy would take over and voila, my game would be in the crapper.
So I purposely don't try to do anything all the time.

As for comments on more serious things or matters considered vital or important
like illegal/altered bats, for instance,
you'd be better served if you want to be listened to and have real affect
to sign yourself in so we can know you stand behind what you are in fact trying to say and if you didn't, no one of any merit would really care about what you're saying at all.

But as for the topic and discussion?
interesting, entertaining and cool.
Oct. 18, 2006
Dbax
Men's 60
1265 posts
When I come to the plate, I always walk behind the umpire. I NEVER cross in front of him. He is like a black cat to me!
Oct. 18, 2006
Tater50
336 posts
Dbax: ditto for me; I also sing a little song.


Tater50
John W. Hayes
Oct. 18, 2006
Sisavic
137 posts
I always ask the ump "how many out?" even if I'm the first batter.
Oct. 19, 2006
Pork
Men's 50
13 posts
I make the sign of the cross twice, and then draw a number 7 with my right foot in the batters bax, I also do the same when I play 1st base and pitch
Oct. 19, 2006
GORILLA4S
Men's 50
19 posts
Never have sex before a game...it weakens the legs(my two ex-wives will confirm that)
Walk behind the ump getting in the box(that can become comical)
I mark my socks left and right.
Oct. 19, 2006
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
FOR ME ITS SWIPE THE DIRT 5 TIMES BACK AND FORTH HIT THE CLEATS AND LOOK AT THE BEST LOOKING LADY IN THE STANDS! AND THE DO IT!
Oct. 19, 2006
Jimmy # 7
28 posts
I alway's look for the MOST NERVOUS PERSON IN THE INFIELD OR the OUTFIELDER THAT'S HAVING A BAD DAY AND TRY AND MAKE THERE DAY WORSE, BY HITTING IT CLOSE BUT NOT TO THEM...AND STRECHING THE HIT FOR EXTRA BASE'S..It work's MOST OF THE TIME
Oct. 20, 2006
tank13
9 posts
I try to look at the pitcher and make him blink or turn his head before I get into the box.
Oct. 20, 2006
Tater50
336 posts
Gorilla4s: I am like you; I probably look comical when I am waiting for the Ump to leave the fence behind Home plate, so that I can walk behind him. Curious Tank13: would you mind elaborating on the stare at the pitcher routine???
BruceinGa: the crossed bats routine; uncross the bats or swing bats that are crossed; never noticed you doing either before.

Tater50
John W. Hayes
Oct. 20, 2006
Tater50
336 posts
Do not have to answer BruceinGa; figured it out.

I also like to keep dirt sort of level when I hit, do not like hitting out of a hole.
Oct. 21, 2006
tank13
9 posts
Hey Gary 19
Most of my HR's are in centerfield most pitchers that know me try to pitch me way outside or way inside. I look at them to see any fear in the eyes, I don't try to hit any one. but if they look away they are going to walk you or just not going to give you anything to hit. In my younger days if you hit our pitcher I will undress your pitcher. you have to protect you pitcher in our class, like most hitters that used the middle of the field you can hit on top of the ball and send it by the pitcher before he can get up a glove. most of us have to work on monday so I would want to hurt anyone. but there are some outfields that hit the middle everytime they are up, don't know about senior softball will play senior ball in a couple of years. But watch pitchers if you look at them they will tell you how they will pitch a HR hitter, if they keep looking at you they are going to battle you on every pitch if they look away they are going to pitch around you, hope this let you know a little about my crazy twisted mind.
Tank 13
Oct. 21, 2006
GORILLA4S
Men's 50
19 posts
Ahhh Gary, a U-Trip mentality perhaps?
Oct. 21, 2006
tank13
9 posts
gary
you sound like a good pitcher look forward to face you one day when a start play senior ball. But as long as I still can hit with the young guys and complete at thatlevel I going to play the comp is great to see the faces of the young guys when an older player beats them.
Tank13
Oct. 21, 2006
GORILLA4S
Men's 50
19 posts
Gary quotes: "The best part is pitching that style under ASA rules and seeing what I can get away with"


Is'nt that the truth! LOL And the subsequent complaining to the ump
Oct. 21, 2006
GORILLA4S
Men's 50
19 posts
Gary, you did'nt happen to play in Bedford Hts 50's this year did you?
Oct. 21, 2006
GORILLA4S
Men's 50
19 posts
Gary, you did'nt happen to play in Bedford Hts 50's this year did you?
Oct. 21, 2006
Joncon
289 posts
NO sex before a game????


WTF???


I remember going home between tournament games, getting lucky and returning to one of my best games ever.

Ahhhh....good times.


I have noticed that thing where some batters will not walk behind me if I am catching so I just stand back at the fence and wait. I don't make eye contact so they don't know I'm doing it on purpose.
Oct. 22, 2006
Crusher 70
Men's 70
13 posts
When I'm on dec k , I will pick up the batter's bat if he gets a hit, if he doesn't, I won't touch his bat and the next guy in the batting order gets it. Something about positive Karma----works for me!
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