For whatever reason, baseball players tend to be the most superstitious people on the planet. We rarely hear about football players sacrificing a chicken to recover from a string of bad performances. We have never heard of a basketball player wearing a thong to snap a stretch of poor shooting, but guys like Aubrey Huff and Jason Giambi have done it to break out of hitting slumps. And never can I remember catching word of an entire hockey team destroying a piece of locker room equipment to turn their luck around, yet somehow these things are common in the baseball world.
Looks like the latest weirdo to go to extreme measures in an attempt to bust the slump is Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison. According to the Miami Herald via Ben Maller, Morrison decided to shave all of his body hair off twice in a 24-hour period when he found himself in an 0-for-14 slump this past weekend. Thinking a hairless body may not be enough to do it, he also started avoiding sidewalk crevices during that period.
Morrison may have been onto something, as he recorded three hits on Monday to break out of the slump. I wonder if his speed benefited at all from improved aerodynamics. In any event, Morrison’s slump buster idea worked. What does that mean? Chicken sacrifices, thongs, beaten-down toolboxes, and hairless bodies are here to stay in the baseball world.Google+