Ever the odd creatures of habit, many Major League Baseball players will stick to the weirdest routines before every at-bat.
These odd superstitions obviously hold no bearing over the results. If FiveThirtyEight released a report showing a 56 percent offensive spike in batters who crawl to the batter’s circle, we’d witness a lot of grown men slinking to the plate on all fours.
But creating a pattern also establishes the self-fulfilling prophecy that these weird rituals contribute to their success, thus sparking a fallacy that abandoning those quirks will cause their collapse.
Hey, whatever works. From the synchronized movements to unsanitary spitting, here are the strangest pre-at bat routines.