Here are a few examples of baseball players' superstitions.
Pitcher Jerome Williams always wears a necklace
of white puka shells around his neck to remind him of his Hawaiian
heritage and of his mother, who died of breast cancer. As a tribute to his
mother, Jerome Williams is active in women's health causes.
Pitcher Turk Wendell is famous for his
superstitions: brushing his teeth between innings, chewing black licorice,
drawing three crosses in the dirt, and waving at the center fielder before
Barry Bonds always kisses his gold cross
necklace after he hits a home run.
Roger Clemens always visited Monument Park to
touch the head of the Babe Ruth statue before he pitched in Yankee
Stadium. Roger Clemens gave each of his children names that began with the
letter K. "K" stands for strikeout in baseball.
The Curse of the Billy Goat: This curse is on the Cubs. According
to legend, William "Billy Goat" Sianis, a Greek immigrant who owned the
nearby Billygoat Tavern, brought a real billy goat to Game 4 of the 1945
World Series. He and the goat were allowed into Wrigley Field -- they even
paraded on the playing field before the game. However, during the game,
they were ejected from the stadium because the Cubs owner said the billy
goat was too stinky. Sianis cursed the Cubs, saying they'd never win a
World Series until a billy goat sat in Wrigley Field. This curse has held
up for over 50 years.
The Curse of the Bambino -- BROKEN! This one is on the Red Sox. In
1918, the Red Sox won their fifth World Series, and a big star was Babe
Ruth. Two years later, they traded him to the Yankees. The Yankees had
never won a World Series before that, but since then they have won more
than any team in baseball. The Red Sox had terrible luck in the World
Series after that. They rarely made it that far and when they did,
horrible things happened, such as the famous Bill Buckner error. (The Sox
lost the series to the Mets because of his error, letting the ball roll
between his legs.) In 2004, the Red Sox broke the curse in the biggest way
possible -- by winning the World Series in a four game sweep.