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I posted something like this for Opening Day 2004... I'm curious to see if Sox fans, as a group, are any less insane now than they were then. I know I'm not.

Poll #1070301 Postseason rituals

Special clothing?

yes
48(84.2%)
no
9(15.8%)

What is it?

t-shirt
10(20.4%)
sweatshirt
1(2.0%)
hat
14(28.6%)
something else
8(16.3%)

Special food?

yes
9(15.8%)
no
48(84.2%)

What is it?

pizza
1(11.1%)
popcorn
0(0.0%)
hot dog/sausage
1(11.1%)
hamburgers
1(11.1%)
peanuts
0(0.0%)
cracker jack
0(0.0%)
I don't care if I ever get back
2(22.2%)
candy
1(11.1%)
salad greens and tofu
0(0.0%)

Pre-game rituals?

yes
27(46.6%)
no
31(53.4%)

What are they?

arrangement of figurines/shamans
1(3.7%)
kissing of some object
1(3.7%)
meditation/prayer to Baseball Gods
2(7.4%)
traditional rant About Buck and McCarver
3(11.1%)
sit in specific spot/item of furniture
4(14.8%)
something else
3(11.1%)

In-game rituals?

yes
52(89.7%)
no
6(10.3%)

What are they?

not moving
2(3.8%)
changing spots depending on whether we're pitching or batting
0(0.0%)
changing positions based on the AB count (e.g., 0-2 vs. 3-1)
0(0.0%)
changing positions if something bad happens
4(7.7%)
shutting off the TV if something bad happens
3(5.8%)
pacing no matter what's happening
3(5.8%)
removal of pants (for scoring mojo)
1(1.9%)
use of rally cap
1(1.9%)
something else
11(21.2%)


Feel free to elaborate on the "something else" answers in the comments!

Comments

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lisabird
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
In 2004, my dad and I had the rally ice cream (which we also had in 2003, but it didn't work so well that year). They don't make the right flavor any more (which I'm convinced is some sort of conspiracy) so I'm not really sure what the rally item will be this year. It will probably be whatever I happen to be eating/holding/doing the first time they rally back.
aloha_moira
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
lisabird
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Ahahahaha. I totally forgot about that. Christ, what a game.
aloha_moira
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Having hunted for that post, I have now re-read (for the millionth time) all my posts from that post-season... and I was *definitely* more psycho then. But there's still time.
auntpurl
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Removal of pants? HAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!
aloha_moira
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
I think it's a fairly big thing among the redsox community. I do not participate, typically, but I don't think it's a bad idea. I mean, CJ and I have had rally sex before (which, highly recommended: even if it doesn't work, it's hard to be too upset because you just got laid!) so...
arrowintwolakes
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
For the Friday game of the Yankees series, I did anti-jinks. I wore all my Cardinals gear. Well, when things started going south, I knew that the pants weren't long for my body.
juliamon
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
For clothing, I have to be wearing a minimum of two Sox items. Earrings and hat, socks and shirt, whatever. It doesn't matter which two.

If something bad happens during the game, I relocate to another room until something good happens (upon which I may return to my room, where I started). Otherwise I cannot leave my room during an inning.

One thing I'm going to try this postseason is maintaining a certain position if it seems to be good luck. Remember the back-to-back-to-back-to-back HRs earlier this year? I was laying on my stomach, looking upside-down under the bed for my pen for the first three, and stayed there for the fourth (and then had to stop because the blood was rushing to my head something awful).
aloha_moira
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
I definitely do the 'maintain the position' thing. It's not even really conscious at this point... and it caused me to need a chiropractor after Clay Buchholz's no hitter.
summere7
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I have to wear my blank jersey with the All-Star patch, and I'll put the TV on mute if I'm getting too anxious about the game.
0bsessions
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
There was no place for "Chocolate Cake Mojo," which we established in the first Sox/Yankees series this season in the Red Sox chat. My birthday had recently passed and I'd barely touched my cake. I had a slice, we won a game. I picked apart the cake over the rest of the series. Unfortunately, I devastated the cake and have since had to resort to Hostess Cupcakes which only seem to account for "Get a man to third mojo" and I have to rely on the Sox for the rest.

Also, I developed an idiosynchrosy early on. Whenever a Sox pitcher had two strikes on a Yankee batter (It only works with the Yankees), I would rhythmically tap the "." key in a continually quickening pace until the ball was thrown at which point I'd hit enter. I only allowed myself to do it once per inning, but it had like an 80% success rate.

I also used to bring good OGP Mojo, but my OGP Mojo completely fell to shit and I don't think they've won on one of my OGPs since the All Star Break.

I'm a little supersticious.
0bsessions
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Also, I have a pair of Red Sox socks that are only to be worn on off days. They are bad mojo for game day, but when worn on a single off day, they provide happy funtime good luck (Yeah, I know it's all a load, but it's my rituals).

I'm still trying to figure out what I did wrong when Schill lost the no-hitter. I was walking through most of the game.
aloha_moira
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
This list is fantastic... I love Hostess cupcakes, and now I have an excuse to eat them! Get a man to 3B mojo! I believe that and the chocolate cake would fall under special foods. :)
sarcasticpixie
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
MUST WEAR: Black yoga pants, Josh Beckett-style Sox fleece, no bra. (I'm serious. As soon as I took off my bra to go to bed during ALDS Game 2, Manny hit the walk-off. I hadn't worn a bra during the game on Wednesday, and I didn't wear one during the game on Sunday. Apparently, the Sox win when my D-cups go free. Hence the crucial addition of the oversized fleece. Wow, it's a good thing I don't watch these things in public.)

MUST WATCH WITH: douxquemiel. Her Other Half is optional, as we won without him on Sunday, but he doesn't hurt.

MUST EAT: Generally, something crappy. Pizza, Chinese, Thai, candy, anything awful for you. Papi and Manny went back-to-back as I took a giant bite out of a Burger King double-stacker.

MUST PERFORM: Screeching rant about the announcers-of-choice during pregame. Sitting Indian-style in the dead center of the couch. (Sarah has to sit in the chair, while Wes has to sit in the rocker. If our friend Amy is over, she goes to my left.) Smoke breaks after the third and seventh.

IF, FOR SOME REASON, I AM LEFT TO WATCH THE GAME ALONE: No-pants mojo. I freaked out the Chinese delivery guy during the Buchholz no-hitter when I answered the door in a tank-top and my Sox blanket wrapped around my waist like a sarong.

RALLY: Tap my tattoo for good luck. (Sitting Indian-style, as mentioned above, facilitates this.)

Let's hope my good luck has changed since 2004, when the Sox won the WS simply because I wore the same clothes for three weeks straight without washing them once.
aloha_moira
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
LOL I could not love you more if I tried. :D
molliebatmit
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
In 2004, the floor on which I lived had a rally pumpkin (carved). We had two batting helmets for it, one of which was labeled "The Good Guys" and the other of which was probably labeled something horribly offensive.

By the end of the World Series, the pumpkin had rotted so badly that it had collapsed onto itself, but we still kept changing the hats each time the batting team changed.

And this was a group of scientists and engineers.
aloha_moira
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
And this was a group of scientists and engineers.

Yeah... if you ask me about my religious beliefs, I'm very much an atheist. Yet, I fervently believe that uncrossing my legs while the Sox are at bat can cause us to lose a game.

Of course, I also say a little prayer to the FISH fairies before I let my probe hybridize with my cells, so.
fensheaparkway
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
I don't really have pre- or in-game rituals, per se. But my anxiousness waxes and wanes with clockwork-like regularity, and affects my behavior. I seem to think that my presence or attention has an outcome on the game, so sometimes I go into hiding. I rock back and forth sometimes too. I'm the Leo Mazzone of Baseball watching.
aloha_moira
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. I love that Tito rocks in the dugout, it makes me feel like he's just like me. :) And I definitely won't hesitate to switch rooms or whatever if the game is going really badly. Can't hurt, might help... that's my theory, anyway.
mdyesowitch
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Pregame ritual - reading all the analysis I can squeeze in/find. Like me being prepared for the game equates to them being prepared.
Ingame ritual - Calling for plays I want.
mdyesowitch
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
And I have an unlucky Red Sox shirt. Everytime I wear it, they lose. I do not wear that shirt on game days anymore. I save it for off days or out of season wearing.
jastaelf
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
When I was a Little Tiny Sox Fan back in the 1950s, my dad would not change his socks--whatever they were--when the Sawks were on a winning streak. :) You can imagine what Mom thought of that. We thought it was hilarious.

I have lucky socks now, and a Nomah shirt, and a We Believe Tee from Brigham's. :) They're all lined up and ready.
aloha_moira
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
That is awesome. I am usually be-flip-flopped but I do have a pair of Red Sox socks. They do not seem to have any particular mojo associated with them, but they are warm and cozy. :)
idea_boy
Oct. 12th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
During the 04 playoffs a bunch of guys at graduate school with me wore red socks every day there was a game, and I don't think they washed them for the entire playoffs.
jastaelf
Oct. 13th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
Well geez YEAH, if you wash the socks they lose their game-winning mojo!!

Top of the 6th, I've developed a new superstition: the TV is to one side of me when I'm on the computer, and as long as I only watch out of the corner of my eye, things go well. The moment I turn (full-frontal Soxity?) something dumb happens. Tito owes me BIGtime, my neck is killing me... *grins*
idea_boy
Oct. 12th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
I always wear the Sox hat one of my best friends got me during the '04 season, which was worn all day during game days that year. It's a must during Yankee series and the playoffs.
curseintongues
Oct. 12th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
I always wear my beaten and old regular-style B cap to watch playoff games. My cityscape hat works fine in the regular season, but like Tito, I have to change up my strategy during the playoffs. Also, come playoff time, it's PLAYOFF ______ (insert facial hair of choice) time. This year, because my girlfriend dared me to shave my beard and keep a moustache, then the day I did it, we swept the Angels, then the Yankees lost to the Tribe, I knew it was PLAYOFF 'STACHE year. On the plus side, it's kind of like having Wade Boggs around. On the negative side, it's also kind of like getting ready to be on "To Catch a Predator".
lissa_ann
Oct. 12th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'm a little weird.

I will only go to the bathroom (when I need to) in between innings. I NEED to be back before the inning starts. I will also only make food or my kool aid between innings, so naturally, I can't usually do all three at once.

I also have a stegosaurus that's dressed in an old-school Red Sox uniform with white, blue and red high socks, white sneakers with a red and a blue stripe and a Boston hat, of course. His name, of course is Jason. He's usually in the area of my loveseat.

I try not to fall asleep during the game, no matter how tired I am.
milwaukeebeers
Oct. 12th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
We're all batshit.

I swear that after the 2004 playoffs, my Manny shirt could walk on its own. I wore it for every game, without washing it, and often fell asleep in it during those late night games. It had drool, beer, and all sorts of stuff on it by game 4 of the WS.

jastaelf
Oct. 13th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
"We're all batshit."

You say that like it's a bad thing! LOL!
lissa_ann
Oct. 12th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
OH!

And I e-mail my friend Shelly during the game back and forth, and I use middle names (Jason Andrew, Joshua Patrick, Douglas Anthony, etc) when they're not doing well and I'm yelling at the screen or e-mailing Shelly.
akatonbo
Oct. 13th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
My main superstition involves maintaining existing behavior during a game or a streak of some kind, and is therefore rather difficult to describe in any more specific terms, i.e. during a potential no-hitter I must not significantly change what I am doing once I become aware of the game, or telling my boss at the store I used to work at to put the game on (specifically game 5 of the 2004 ALCS) because we'd won all the other games that we'd started listening to at the store thus far, etc.

I do tend to choose a Sox t-shirt depending on who's pitching, though -- the Schilling shirt is obvious, but if Beckett's pitching then I'll break out my Olerud shirt, because it's the same number.
tylersalt
Oct. 13th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
I wear my red knee socks on game days, usually a hat too. I try to wear my jersey and either my papelbon shirt, my WS Champs shirt, or my red WS Champs jersey. I have also taken to playing Sweet Caroline on my computer in the middle of the eighth.
heatherella
Oct. 15th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Washing my Red Sox sweatshirt removes the luck, both god and bad. So it hadn't been washed at all for most of this season, and then I got into a quandry, because we kept losing games, but we were still in first. Start with new luck, or keep my chips on red? I decided not to wash it, and here we are (and here I stink).

I have a similar superstition about my Red Sox "B" belly ring. yes, I have a RS piercing (I wish I had another one named Jason Varitek)
meermond
Oct. 17th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
i drink rootbeer only during the games.
agentsculder
Oct. 27th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
My pre-game ritual: reading all by Sox related blogs and listening to my Red Sox playlist on my iPod.

During the game (especially the playoffs): avoid all SOX related material. No watching the game, checking the score, or reading anything Sox related. If I do so, they seem to forget how to hit. I also chew on one peice of Orbit gum during the game. And I can't stop chewing it until the game is over.

I will check the score at 11:30 PM on ESPN, and if the game is not over I cannot check again until midnight, and thereon every half hour. I did this all during the ALCS in 2004 and Ws and it worked. When we fell to 1-3 in the ALCS this year I brought my rules back, and they turned it around.

Oh and before I forget, this year we have the Vaguely Gay Mojo which seems to be working wonders.
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