-wore a necklace full of shark teeth
-leaping over the first base foul line
-viciously throwing down the rosin bag on the mound before throwing his first pitch
-wearing the 99 jersey (in honor of "Wild Thing" Vaughn" from Major League)
-brushed his teeth in between innings
-chewed licorice instead of chewing tobacco
-and many, many, many more
As you can see, Turk was a pretty crazy dude. And I, for one, loved it.
But why the hell was Turk so damn superstitious? Well, according to Newsweek:
"And when you feel that things are beyond your control? Then, according to a study being published today in Science, you fall prey to what the scientists call “illusory pattern perception”: you see “a coherent and meaningful interrelationship among a set of random or unrelated stimuli.” Less politely, we might call it seeing things that aren’t there, falling victim to conspiracy theories and developing superstitions."Interesting. While I doubt any of Turk's superstitions helped him statistically, whatever makes him feel comfortable on the mound works for me. No matter the reason for his superstitions, I'm just thrilled that Turk Wendell actually existed and was brought into my baseball conscience with his strange antics.
With that in mind, what are some of your favorite baseball superstitions? Be as ridiculous as possible, please.