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"It's all in your head," B-Mets buy in to superstition

(Source: Jeremy Donovan)

While June 13th may have been the last full moon on a Friday the 13th until 2049, we here at Fox 40 decided to play it safe and wait until after that rarest of occurrences to talk superstition.  Sports in general are superstitious by nature, but the slower pace and mental aspect of baseball lend America's Pastime to superstition more than most other sports, the Binghamton Mets are no exception.

"You can try to ask everybody and they can try to tell you they're not superstitious, but everybody has their own little things whether they realize it or not," says B-Mets outfielder Darrell Ceciliani.

There's a stigma attached to athletes and superstitions.  Daily routines, on the other hand are much more common, and it's amazing how often the two coincide.

"I get dressed, everything on my right side goes first," Ceciliani said.  "Right sleeve, right arm.  My socks, right sock, left sock.  my shoes, right shoe left shoe."

"I get in the box, I draw a little smiley face with the end of my bat in the corner, that's pretty much the only thing i do on a regular basis that I'm concious of," said first basemen/DH Jayce Boyd.

"I'm kinda superstitious with my batting gloves.  If I have some, where I get a few hits or I'm going good I'll stick with those and as soon as I go 0-for, I toss them aside and get a new pair," said outfielder Kyle Johnson

"When I was in college I used to always have a Snickers bar before every game, it got to the point where it was like 'Oh my God, I have to have a Snickers bar or I'm not going to get a hit today,'" said outfielder Travis Taijeron.

Whether it's not stepping on the foul line or eating the same thing every day, for most guys it's not too serious.

"It's more so just for fun than anything, you don't take too much out of it, it's just something that's obviously part of the game.  A lot of guys have superstitions, some guys do some funny stuff, but other than that it's just a joke and you run with it if it works," Boyd said.

But don't tell that to infielder Brian Burgamy who's so superstitious he wouldn't even tell us what his superstitions are, for fear of them not working.

"Over a period of time I just kept doing the same thing, and I kept playing well.  So I just got into a habit of doing it and it just stuck and now I think I need it," Burgamy said

The opinions vary on who is the most superstitious B-Met.

"I'd have to say myself just by the knowledge I have, I'm pretty superstitious," Burgamy said.

"I'm definitely up there.  Travis Taijeron is also another one," Ceciliani said.

"Maybe Travis Taijeron... maybe?" Dustin Lawley added.

"I think Darrell Cecilaini... definitely Darrell," Taijeron said

But the consensus is, no matter how ridiculous, it if keeps working, keep doing it.

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