Re: Latest Carl Crawford excuse....
posted at 3/8/2014 1:28 PM EST
In response to Kingface12's comment:
In response to notin's comment:
Hardly surprising. Plenty of ballplayers are amazingly superstitious. Some to the point of insanity.
You think Crawford is making a lame excuse, but this kind of behavior is not unheard of. Go Google some of Justin Morneau's superstitions sometime. He's flat out nuts. Yet he "crazied" himself into an MVP at one point...
Exactly! Heck...aren't we all superstitious??
No! "We all" certainly are not! I think superstitions in all forms i.e. faith or non-factually based beliefs are completely silly. That's absolutely not to say I think one who holds one or more such beliefs are necessarily unintelligent - I know lots of intelligent people that believe in luck, gods, general superstitions, etc. - but I think such beliefs are absurd. I don't think I hold any, but if I do I hope they are pointed out so I can adjust my thinking.
Morneau, Boggs, Hargrove....there are many examples of ballplayers with bizarre, repetive rituals. I was a mediocre basketball player, but a very good free throw shooter. I had a "ritual" - feet planted exactly so, hands on seams, 3 bounces, deep breath, exhale, shoot - but none of it was superstition, it was just a repetitive process to create a learned behaviour to minimise variables.
I think a lot of superstitious behaviours are just an illogical extension of a similarly logical process...but if helped Wade Boggs hit .370, fine, eat chicken and run at 7:17....just don't tell me to.