What’s the quickest way to have thousands of baseball fans hate you? Publicly predict a no-hitter. Donald Miralle/Thinkstock Hey, baseball fans — have you ever watched a no-hitter in progress and wondered why nobody would talk about it? Or why the team was treating the pitcher like a pariah, making him sit alone on the bench between innings? Maybe you even mentioned that the game might be a no-hitter and were immediately chastised by everyone around you. Confused? Blame superstition, and this is a big one — it holds that talking about a no-hitter instantly jinxes it. Most baseball fans would advise you not to mess with it, even in jest. When the stakes are high in sports, players tend to employ all sorts of wacky superstitions. You’ve probably heard of players who won’t shave or change their socks, or those who eat only a certain food before games. They feel that deviating from these self-imposed rules brings bad luck. Why? A 2006 study about sports superstition in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology proposes a few theories: Superstitious behavior can happen through conditioning — if someone performs a certain activity and gets a positive outcome, he or she may… Read full this story
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