Astute observers have noted that Thome prefers his batting helmet filthy. It is not, he says, a superstition: "It doesn't have anything to do with good luck or bad luck. It's just what I've always done. ... I just play."
Stresses outfielder Nick Markakis, "You're talking to the wrong person. I'm not superstitious."
But certainly, in a game where luck plays such a major role, some players do what they can to help the process along. Like rookie (and Baltimore native) Steve Johnson, who as of this weekend's Red Sox series had a 4-0 record and an ERA under 2.00. Come on, Steve, what's the secret?