In High School we had a very talented on the field but not very street smart short stop. He was also very high strung before games. We had a vending machine by the locker room and in the "E6" code of the vending machine was always Snickers. We would pitch in on game day and buy all of the "E6" snickers before the game and tell him all the "E6"'s were gone for the day. Kind of corny, but I guess most superstitions are as well. It worked on him and I guess that is all that matters.
Hey this is Pat's son, Luke. I have a few.
1. Always where my pants up.
2. Unbutton my first two buttons of my jersey.
3.Always put my wristbands on last when I get dressed.
4.Whenever I am on-deck I always wiggle my bat like Gary Sheffield to get my hands loose.
5. Before every pitch when I am hitting I pull my jersey up on my left shoulder(kind of like Ichiro).
When I am on deck, I take 2 dry swings, then kneel on my right knee with my hands resting on the knob of my bat (left on top of right).
When I walk to the batters box, I pull the material on my jersey up from my right shoulder, then up from my left shoulder, then from the back of my neck as if I am trying to loosen my jersey.
When I get to the batters box I lightly brush the dirt with the cleats on my right foot forward once, then backward once. I touch the end of my bat on the outside corner of the plate, then the inside, then about 1/3 in, half flip my bat so that I catch it in my stance, then drum the fingers of my right hand against the handle.
Sounds long winded but the whole thing takes maybe about 5 seconds when I go to bat. Its a way of calming myself while focusing on what needs to be done when I'm up there.
When I was in college, I was a starting pitcher. The nice thing about that is being able to prepare mentally. My superstition started in College. I would stop talking to people the night before a start at 7pm. I would carry a ball around in my hand and work on my different grips and actually visualize hitting the target. Now here comes the really interesting part. Right before I would head to the field I would lock my dorm room door and put Guns n Roses Knocking on heavens door, and November Rain on my headphones and just close my eyes and think about pitching and hitting all my spots for that game. Not the wierdest that you've heard, but it worked for me.
I never ever step on the baselines either, there is this wierd feeling of it just doesn't feel right when I got onto the field, that stepping on a line almot felt against the rules. One of the other things that I started this past year, My grandmother passed away and she was like a mother to me. I put her initials on my hat and I wear a necklace that she gave me. before every inning, I back off the mound and face the outfield, I take my necklace and I kiss it and then point up to my grandmother and then turn around and step onto the mound. I take those few seconds and think about her and that helps clear my mind to pitch.