Superstitions a big part of Rays everyday lives

Superstitions a big part of Rays everyday lives

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla -- For many, St. Patrick's Day is the most superstitious day on the calendar, but for the Rays, it's just another work day.

"I didn't know it was St. Patrick's Day until I showed up," Rays outfielder Corey Dickerson said. "I was early enough where nobody saw me without green on, so I didn't get pinched."

Wearing green, four leaf clovers and the luck of the Irish are big on St. Patrick's Day, but for baseball players, being superstitious is way of life -- unless you are Rays manager Kevin Cash.

"When you hit as poorly as I did, It didn't matter," said Cash who batted .183 in eight big league seasons.

The Rays manager is the exception to the rule in his own clubhouse, where his players will tell you they play everyday like it's St. Patrick's Day.

"For sure, I think anybody that plays this sport is kind of obsessive," Dickerson said. "There's routines and things that you feel make you do well that day."

No Rays player has more routines or superstitions than first baseman Logan Morrison.

"I don't really know if it has anything to do with the luck of the Irish, but if I get a hit the day before, I try to do the exact same thing," Morrison said.

That can fluctuate for Morrison, but he does have his standard superstitions.

"If we're facing a right-handed pitcher, I'll put my right sock on, my right pant leg on, my right batting glove on then all my left stuff on. It gets intricate."

Intricate superstitions translate to the Rays pitching staff, where starter Jake Odorizzi has his go-to pre-game meal.

"The one thing I do, I try to eat light before I go pitch, so I have a peanut butter and jelly and a banana sandwich like three hours before I pitch and that will be about the last thing," Odorizzi said. "I eat the same type of meal, something light that doesn't stick to your stomach, so you don't feel like you're too fat afterward."

From eating to dressing, superstitions define baseball players who experience a daily St. Patrick's Day-like existence, but for many beyond that, it's all in how you go about your routine.

"The one thing that never changes is my routes before the games. The way I can shower, get dressed, how I get dressed, the time I go out, I try to keep that consistent," Dickerson said. "I think athletes have superstitions all day long, I think everybody has pretty much a set routine from the way they shower, to the way they get dressed, to the way they take BP and it varies depending on sometimes performance or the way they feel."

Just remember to wear green next year, Corey.

Mike Nabors is a contributor to and covered the Rays on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.