April 07, 2004

Uh oh

I bought a new Phillies cap today -- the sort they wore in my youth, when Steve Carlton was the most dominant pitcher in baseball, Mike Schmidt the premiere power hitter, Larry Bowa the slick fielding shortstop...well, I'd go on, but I'd bore you. In any case, the Phillies won their first game of the season. In the back of my otherwise reasonably rational mind, there's a little voice saying, "If you keep wearing the hat, they'll keep winning!"

Baseball superstitions are my favorite superstitions -- Wade Boggs eating chicken every day because he broke out of a slump and went 4-4 (or some such) on a day when he ate chicken; Jim Fregosi, the manager of the great '93 Phillies squad, wearing a heavy jacket even in the dog days of summer because they were winning when he wore the jacket. Correlation is never the same as causation, except in the mind of rabid fans.

I'll keep wearing the hat -- it's a cool hat -- but I'll do my best not to attribute the fortunes of my team to silly superstitions.

Let's see...I did a blog entry about Kurds and Saladin on the day the Phillies won their first game, so maybe if I...

Posted by Ideofact at April 7, 2004 11:16 PM

Uhhhh...dude...the Phillies played their first game on Monday and lost.

5 - L at Pittsburgh, 1-2 (WP: K.Wells; LP: K.Millwood)
7 - W at Pittsburgh, 5-4 (WP: R.Cormier; LP: B.Boehringer)
8 - L at Pittsburgh, 2-6 (WP: R.Vogelsong; LP: V.Padilla)

Posted by: Duane at April 9, 2004 06:36 PM

Uhh...never mind...read your post again and figured out you probably meant that they got their first win of the season, not that they won the first game they played....

Posted by: Duane at April 9, 2004 06:43 PM

Yeah, I meant the first win, not the first game.

Well, I guess I can stop wearing the hat, which is probably just as well, since my wife says it makes me look ridiculous...

Posted by: Bill at April 10, 2004 12:34 AM