Dylan Badura is a senior pitcher from Omaha, Neb. After
spending two years at Indian Hill Junior College, Badura
transferred to UTPA. He made 20 appearances for the Broncs in
2012, including three starts. He posted a 2-2 record with one
save. Badura registered a victory in his UTPA debut, fanning two
in two innings against Southern Utah. His first save came in a
conference contest at NJIT. Badura is majoring in public
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April 3, 2013
Superstition…What is it?
For those who don’t know, the definition of “superstition,”
according to Webster’s dictionary, says: a belief or practice resulting from
ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception
I hope that helps give you a better perspective on the word
itself. But how does this play into the world of baseball?
Let’s ask UTPA assistant coach Tyler Wright:
“Baseball players have used superstitions as a way to boost their
confidence before or during competition. Whether it’s jumping over the foul line
to prevent bad luck, eating the same food before a game or putting on your
uniform the same way, superstitions are rituals that reassure a positive
I have seen many teammates do different things such as getting up
at 7 a.m. and putting on their jersey first thing on game day. But why are
superstitions used in baseball so often, you might ask.
A lot of the time people in baseball believe that doing certain
things such as shaving your head, not walking on cracks, not cutting your hair
or not changing up a daily routine can have an effect on the way you play. Maybe
it could help you get out of a slump or keep you on the hot streak that you’re
Teams will do just about anything to keep a streak alive or to
break out of a slump. Rally caps, 2-2 counts antics and standing a certain way
in the dugout are trends across the nation. I remember here at UTPA last year
our whole team grew moustaches to bring us luck for the conference tournament.
Three weeks’ time is all we had to grow out our cookie dusters. Needless to say,
mine was not up to par, even after I tried “Just for Men!” Some moustaches were
better than others, and some were hardly visible, but the bottom line is
everyone participated. This is because, even if you don’t believe in team
superstitions, you must still pay your respects to others that do.
The one question everyone always asks however is, do they work?
Well that is up to the individual. My personal belief is that yes, some
superstitions are true. Superstitions such as putting things away before the
game is over or stepping on the foul lines are both personal beliefs that I
think can affect the game.
So whether you believe in superstitions or not, you must respect
them. Who knows, maybe one day it could affect you after you choose to ignore
the cardinal rules?
Once again I’ll leave you with another quote I found to be
“All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is
sure.” – Mark Twain
(photos by Dutch Cowgill)