Baseball is a recreation of failure. Even the greatest hitters fail 7 out of 10 occasions. Sometimes they foul balls off their most delicate areas — together with outfielders like Leonys Martin, who might or might not put on a protecting cup. The Detroit Tigers centerfielder led off this afternoon’s recreation towards the Pittsburgh Pirates by knocking himself in the groin. After a big and warranted man ache delay, he stepped again into the field and blasted a house run to straightaway middle.
Even the most superstitious participant might rethink adopting this ritual, outcomes be darned.