For those of you who don’t know me very well, I’m a big baseball nerd. So as I’m sitting here watching Game 4 of the World Series, I got to thinking about how baseball is a game with a lot of quirkiness and unwritten rules. The game has changed over the decades and some of the rituals have remained the same, like singing Take Me Out To The Ballgame, but some came into existence and quickly faded away. Here is a list of some of those traditions that are no longer part of the game, but a few baseball purists wouldn’t mind seeing come back.
Baseball Traditions That Never Caught On
Rally cold sores
After turning a double play, the shortstop and second baseman open mouth kiss for three minutes.
Sixth inning blindfolds.
Half-price tickets for recent divorces.
Not stepping on the foul lines out of superstition and respect since the chalk was actually the ash of victims from the past year’s house fires.
During a homerun, everyone on the field would rub their eyes in cartoonish disbelief on how far it was hit.
As a player, promising to hit a homerun for a dying child, encouraging that child to gamble all their hospital money on you hitting a homerun, and then giggling as you ground out to third.
The designated pitcher(This player would neither pitch nor hit)
Seventh Inning Stretch and Bikram Yoga
Celebrating in garish fashion, every hit, walk, and stolen base, no matter how insignificant in a vain attempt to draw attention to yourself(Presently known as the Nyjer Morgan)