Some people have a lucky shirt. Some people need to be sitting in a certain chair while watching the game. No matter how strange it is, many fans have a lucky ritual they do to rally their team in tough situations. Some people wear rally caps, some people bat a player with a sub-.300 on-base percentage in the lead offf spot. It may be silly with no real tangible effect, but if we feel like it helps the team, what's the harm?
I am a man of reason. I don't believe in ghosts or that we've been visited by extra terrestrials. I believe in the scientific method and sabermetrics. I put little stock in grit or guts or clubhouse chemistry. But where I do take a leap of faith is in sports ritual.
I wore my Super Cain shirt for the playoff run last year, but the team has now lost two post-season games in a row with me wearing that shirt - Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, and Game 1 of the 2015 ALDS. Hey, in the post-season you have to have a quick hook with the t-shirts. I'll be wearing a new Lorenzo Cain shirsey today, and hopefully the change of shirts will produce good mojo.
I will also be attending the game with my father tonight. He was by my side when the Royals made the most incredible comeback in the history of Kauffman Stadium. What can I say, we just have good clubhouse chemistry.
Do you have a lucky bar to go to? Pre-game routine? Lucky underpants? Tell us your ritual, then get started, because we need all hands on deck tonight.