Baseball’s Newest Slump-Buster Is Taking Over Twitter

It’s no secret that baseball is a game of failure. When stepping up to the plate, a player knows the odds are against him. But what separates the pros from the amateurs is their ability to stay level-headed through successes and failures alike. As the great Yogi Berra once said: “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical”. So how, then, do players stay optimistic and will themselves to break through slumps?

Since baseball’s conception, players have had different ways of ensuring that they reach base safely. Wade Boggs was a man who ate the same meal — chicken — before every game, in the hopes that it would make him play better. Moises Alou would pee on his hands because he believed it would strengthen his grip and allow him to hit better**. And my personal favorite method for busting out of a slump is Mookie Wilson’s comforting self talk.

Motivation from Mookie Wilson

Nowadays, the world revolves around technology and more specifically, social media. So it’s only natural that the newest baseball superstition would involve social media on some level. This season, some players have begun tweeting out that they will get a hit in the hopes that they’ll jinx themselves into getting a hit. It’s quite brilliant, when you think about it. What do they have to lose?

Dexter Fowler was the pioneer of the “I will get a hit” movement, and it worked for him. Following in his footsteps have been Jose Ramirez and Josh Reddick, who will look to get hits in their contests tonight. So far, the method is 1 for 1, so we’ll keep an eye on this to see if it keeps working.

Hold on, let me just try something really quick… Andrew Benintendi will get a hit. Andrew Benintendi will get a hit. Andrew Benintendi will get a hit. Andrew Benintendi will get a hit. Andrew Benintendi will get a hit. Andrew Benintendi will get a hit. Andrew Benintendi will get a hit. Andrew Benintendi will get a hit. Andrew Benintendi will get a hit. Andrew Benintendi will get a hit. Andrew Benintendi will get a hit. Andrew Benintendi will get a hit.

Alright, now we wait.

UPDATE: I wrote this blog before the Red Sox game, and Andrew Benintendi just got his first hit. Coincidence? I think not.

**As a hitter who doesn’t use batting gloves, I pee on my hands in the shower when I get a blister. It works and I have no shame about it.

Images: imgur.com, Sporting News

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