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The "other" members of the Red Sox
By Matt Minton
Monday, October 25, 2004
Much like Larry Walker and his obsession with the number three and Nomar Garciaparra (egh, did I just say that name in Boston at this time of the year?) and his rabid batting glove twitching, loyal Red Sox fans have had their fair share of superstitions over the course of this Red Sox playoff run.
It's really much less of the idea that the superstitions help the Red Sox win, and much more of the idea that if superstitions are broken, the Red Sox will lose and the curse will continue. However, those superstitions go much farther than the casual "playoff beard," or the ritualistic wearing of a Red Sox jersey; this is, after all, no normal occurrence in baseball.
For example, junior Harry Lund believes that if an Emerald Nuts commercial is not shown at some point over the course of an entire game, the Red Sox are at an extreme disadvantage. The classic commercials which feature such catch lines as "Envious Nomads" and "Extreme Nurses" have been a mainstay in the late innings of such rallies as games four and five of the ALCS against the Yankees. To rectify any instance where the commercials were to hypothetically not come on, Lund goes as far as to buy the nuts himself and to play the commercials off of the company Web site.
"If I see an Emerald Nuts commercial on at any time during the game, especially in the late innings, I just know we're going to win," the avid Sox fan emphatically stated. "If not, we're in some definite trouble."
Sophomore Tyler Agnew, an avid musician and Sox fan, and a member of a band with his roommate Joshua Zitta, believes that if he even touches his guitar after the sixth inning, it is a bad omen for the Red Sox's chances. Agnew believes that growing as a group can take a temporary backseat to the betterment of the Red Sox cause.
"The first three games of the ALCS I played guitar towards the end to interest myself during the horrific performance by the Sox," the member of "The Zoo! and John Wayne" said. "In the fourth game, I decided I would put it down, no matter what, once the game reached the sixth."
Sophomore Ryan Despins watches every Red Sox game with an eye on his foot-by-foot magnetic dartboard on his windowsill. Following a devastating ALCS game three defeat, and a 4-3 deficit in game four in the ninth inning, Despins changed his darts on his dartboard prior to a Kevin Millar at-bat. Millar later drew a walk, Dave Roberts pinch-ran and scored on a Billy Mueller single, and the rest was history. The darts haven't changed since.
"We moved the darts in a last-ditch effort to single-handedly save the season," a convinced Despins said. "Thankfully, it actually worked, and now we're riding high to the World Series, and I'm certainly hoping not to have to change them again. Of course, if another miracle happens, you know who to thank."
Freshman Mike Merrill decided in game four of the ALCS that the Red Sox needed some help, and decided he would take his last shower before game four, and not shower again until after a possible game seven. With each win, the days between a shower stretched, but it was worth it to see victory in game seven.
"I didn't shower for four days," he said.
Freshman Liz Scharf believes that the Red Sox success correlates directly with her acceptance of a break-up with her boyfriend of nearly two years.
"Hey, you know what, moving on does have its advantages," the believer said while smoking a cigar in a post-game celebration. "And boy am I glad part of that advantage has to do with the Red Sox."
As a word of advice, sophomore Jim Buckless thinks that the Red Sox should avoid any match-ups in a deciding game with players that last names that starts with "B," given the last two disasters of Aaron Boone and Bill Buckner.
"Do not, and I repeat, do not play a guy with a last name starting with "B" in a deciding game, if it's close," he said.
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