The 2007 Sox also have their share of superstitions and rituals. Outfielder Wily Mo Peña has the wackiest. In the on-deck circle, he sniffs the pine tar on the handle of his black, 35-inch model C43 Louisville Slugger. He starts at the handle and slowly moves towards the barrel. When he gets near the meat of the bat he opens his mouth and grips the bat as if hes being fitted for a mouthpiece. I bite it with my teeth and give it a kiss, he says. Now hes ready to hit.
(Globe Staff Photo / Stan Grossfeld)