Baseball Superstitions: This White Sox Fan’s Brutal Day Of Agony: 2 Main Culprits Could Be Traded
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By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent): Follow @brianm731
Baseball is supposed to be fun and entertaining. And more often than not, it is. If I didn’t love the game of baseball, I wouldn’t be writing this. As a fan, when your favorite team isn’t winning, it affects you.
A loss may bother you for an hour or so, maybe even longer. It may ruin your day. I know when the Bears lose during the NFL season, it can ruin my Sunday. But in football, there are only 16 regular season games.
There are 162 games in a baseball season. That’s 6 full months, day, after day, after day, of living and dying with your favorite MLB team. You spend, on average, 2 1/2 – 3 hours with your favorite team, and it’s announcers.
You develop a relationship with the announcers, players, and managers, whether they realize it or not.
When a bad call is made, you get upset. Just as upset as the manager who ran out of the dugout to argue the call. When the closer blows a save, you get angry.
When the third baseman hits a game-winning, walk off HR, you yell and scream and jump around your living room like a little kid.
You want your favorite team to win SO badly, that since they won last night, you go through the EXACT SAME ROUTINE tonight, that you went through last night.
Maybe that’s just crazy superstition, but also a sign of being a fan. Your favorite player hit a HR yesterday, so he MUST use the same bat today. Your team won last night, so you will place the remote in the EXACT SAME place on the coach tonight.
“Don’t move that!!”, you yell at someone who dares to move the remote from its rightful place, because you are absolutely CONVINCED that if it’s moved, something bad will happen to your team. Maybe even something worse than a loss. Happy an hour ago, not so happy now that your team is losing. Life as a fan.
Your team’s down 3-2 in the 9th inning? Everything that you did during the game leading up to this moment, you must now do the exact OPPOSITE.
Because, if you do the opposite, they’ll come back and win, right? Am I the only baseball fan that thinks like this? Am I crazy? I don’t think so. But sometimes my family thinks I’m crazy.
Let me take you back to Sunday afternoon. A beautiful Sunday afternoon in Chicago. I spent about 4 hours assembling a new swing-set for my daughters with my wife. (yes, 4 hours, I’m not very handy.)
I would check my phone occasionally for Twitter updates about my Chicago White Sox. They had recently won two games in a row against the Kansas City Royals. This was a feat in and of itself as the Sox always seem to struggle against KC.
Last I checked, the Sox were up 4-0, and on the verge of a sweep. My first thought? The Blue Jays have won 11 games in a row to get back in contention, why not the Sox? As my wife and I put the finishing touches on our masterpiece in the backyard, I turned on the TV for the first time, and the Royals IMMEDIATELY scored a run to make it 4-1. Of course I turned the TV off.
My wife and daughters left to get lunch, I took a shower, checked my phone again, still 4-1. OK, I’ll turn it on. Bad things can’t happen again right? And Dylan Axelrod promptly allows the tying run to score. 4-4. I again turned the TV off. Have some lunch of my own. Check my phone.
The Sox have taken the lead 6-4!! See what happens when I don’t watch the game today!! I periodically check my phone. I see Jesse Crain is coming in the game. The same Jesse Crain that has a 29 inning streak with no runs allowed. I HAVE TO watch this, don’t I? Of course I have to watch this. Crain immediately loads the bases. Sacks packed, nobody out.
Turn TV off. Check phone. Crain strikes out the next batter. Yes!! Then walks in a run, scoreless streak over. I’ll turn it back on. It doesn’t matter now, the worst has already happened, right?
Imagine my surprise when Alexei Ramirez allows the inning-ending double play ground ball to go through his legs. (12 errors in 2013. He had 12 errors in the entire 2012 season.) KC takes the lead 7-6.
You better believe it’s all my fault. If I hadn’t watched a second of the game, the Sox would have won!! I’M NEVER WATCHING ANOTHER GAME AGAIN!! Until, tomorrow….
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A big thank-you goes out to our ‘White Sox Correspondent’ Brian Madsen for preparing today’s featured article. Brian was born and raised in Chicago Heights, IL, a south suburb of Chicago. He attended Illinois St. University, majoring in education/teaching. Brian now lives in Joliet, IL with his wife Suzanne two daughters, Abby, 9, and Grace, 4.
He has worked at The Little Guys Home Technology for 12 years as a salesman/system designer/custom integrator. Brian is an avid White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan. Follow @brianm731
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