As a baseball player I have come upon several superstitions that belong to other players as well as some superstitions that I live by. When a pitcher is throwing a no-hitter or a perfect game, no one on the team is supposed to talk to the pitcher, who is usually isolated on one side of the bench. A superstition I partake in is having the same "batter's box dance." For as long as I remember before the first pitch to me, I dig out the back of the batter's box (even if the batter's box is turf!) then I touch the left corner of the plate with the bat , then lightly half swing the bat towards the pitcher. Every single time I come up to the plate I practice the same routine as if it makes me a better hitter. While there is surely no correlation between my routine and hitting the ball, it makes me feel more comfortable at the plate. If this were to be considered Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), I would have to say that 95% of baseball players have OCD. While it seems like a humorous thing for an average person, most baseball players absolutely live by their superstitions. Another example comes from Minnesota Twin Frank Viola. In 1984, a fan started to display a banner in the Metrodome that read "FRANKIE SWEET MUSIC VIOLA." Frank believed he pitched better when the sign was hung. In 1987, Viola pitched to a record of 15-0 when the sign was up and won the American League Cy Young Award (best pitcher). The Twins reached the World Series that year and Frank discovered that the fan that the banner belonged to did not have tickets. So Frankie bought the fan tickets for Game 1 and 7, Frank won both of those games and won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award. So next time you are at a baseball game and see a player doing something odd, realize that it is what makes that player comfortable, even if it is only a superstition that has an illusory correlation.