You needn’t be a diehard sports fan — or intimate with the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder — to know that Major League Baseball is an American pastime steeped in rites, rituals, repetition, routines, quirks, tics, idiosyncrasies and generally eccentric behavior that is carried out by individual players, and sometimes entire teams, in the name of superstition. Sure, there’s the standard textbook stuff — not (or always) stepping on the foul line, wearing a certain piece of (often unwashed) clothing or jewelry as a talisman, not verbally acknowledging a no-hitter, sitting in the same exact spot in the dugout, making a sign of the cross or pointing to the heavens before batting — observed by players to ward off jinxes, break slumps and generally usher in good mojo.
And then there are some players who take baseball’s legacy of superstitious behavior to extreme — even pathological — levels. Below, we’ve rounded up seven (for good luck, of course) major leaguers famous for their particularly peculiar rituals and obsessions.
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