Originally Posted By rwalters17:
Athletes of any sport have weird routines and superstitions.
Very true statement. I have a good many friends that played serious college sports and others that are involved in professional baseball. I have heard and seen all sorts of odd stories about baseball players and their odd tendencies.
Mark Fidrych used to do all sorts of odd things. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Fidrych
Wade Boggs had a few odd things too.
Boggs was known for his superstitions. He ate chicken before every game (Jim Rice once called Boggs "chicken man"), woke up at the same time every day, took exactly 117 ground balls in practice, took batting practice at 5:17, and ran sprints at 7:17. His route to and from his position in the field beat a path to the home dugout. He drew the Hebrew word "Chai", meaning "life", in the batter's box before each at-bat, though he is not Jewish. He asked Fenway Park public address announcer Sherm Feller not to say his uniform number when he introduced him because Boggs once broke out of a slump on a day when Feller forgot to announce his number.
Bottom line, all top athletes have some odd thing that they "have" to do before a competition.