Baseball Traditions That Never Caught On

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)

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  1. #1 by WildMan on October 24, 2011 - 12:13 am

    You forgot about:

    Any player with more than two errors has to finish the game with a bag over his head.

    Strip Batting: A player had to remove a piece of clothing every time he struck out

    The Double twitch: This was the term for when someone would scratch an itch and the person next to them suddenly felt an itch in the same area.

    Steroids.

    Drinking Beer and playing video games in the club house (okay, that one would never happen)

  2. #2 by brainforthought on October 24, 2011 - 7:21 am

    Who would ever drink beer in the dugout? Inconceivable.

    Thanks for the read and comment WildMan.

    Warren

  3. #3 by Lafemmeroar on October 24, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    lol on the yoga and the rubbing of the eyes on a home run 🙂 Too funny.

  4. #6 by Zoe @ Pantry and Fridge on October 24, 2011 - 3:19 pm

    This was my first read of your blog – and the survey says (please say that in Richard Dawson’s voice):
    Very Funny!! 😀

    • #7 by brainforthought on October 24, 2011 - 11:03 pm

      Thanks Zoe!(I said that in Chuck Woolery’s voice)

  5. #8 by hollyjb on October 24, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    “During a homerun, everyone on the field would rub their eyes in cartoonish disbelief on how far it was hit.” Tee hee hee. I played softball “back in the day” and I loved it. It was a sport I was actually decent at and it didn’t require a lot of running. Score! I must say, I wasn’t that bad of a 1st base ‘woman’, even after one of our pitchers broke me nose….

    • #9 by brainforthought on October 24, 2011 - 11:02 pm

      Ouch! Hopefully, this was “beer at every base” softball so it didn’t hurt as much.

      • #10 by hollyjb on October 25, 2011 - 4:16 pm

        Haha, actually it was during a practice. Her Dad was one of our coaches and was making her angry. She’s very tall and was quite lanky. When she got distracted/emotional her pitching got a tad erratic. She let it go at an odd angle and it hit the ground before bouncing up into my face. I saw it leave her hand, but didn’t see it flying towards me. With all the blood running down I was just upset I didn’t have my rugby jersey on. I was 14, so no beer. We were serious softball players! 😛

  6. #11 by mooselicker on October 24, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    Once Selig croaks, you should take over.

    • #12 by brainforthought on October 24, 2011 - 10:59 pm

      I couldn’t do any worse. On second thought, I probably could.

      Thanks for stopping by Moose!

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