In last Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine, Amalie Benjamin presented a great piece on Papelbon and his pre-game rituals. The story also touched on a few other Sox players’ pre-game habits, including Tim Wakefield’s love of crossword puzzles — something that comes a surprise to absolutely no one.
We suspect, however, that Amalie might have missed a few. So we conducted our own research to uncover even more pre-game rituals of your favorite Sox players and coaches:
– Brew fresh pot of Bigelow tea.
– Send e-mail to the Bigelow people expressing concerns that new “Boysenberry Blend” seems more “Raspberry” than “Boysenberry.”
– Spend 10 minutes of “quality time” naked under a Snuggie on office couch.
– Pretend to be asleep when DeMarlo comes in, asking me to check him for suspicious moles.
– Drink two Red Bulls
– Ten minutes of yoga
– Ten minutes of flexibility exercises
– Twenty minutes praying to Androphones, the patron saint of testicles.
– Continue working through Guitar Hero: Van Halen.
– Preparing for impending National League career.
– Check to make sure wife hasn’t run off with young gardener.
– Check to make sure wife hasn’t run off with young mailman.
– Check stocks, Viagra stores.
– Check to make sure wife hasn’t run off with Daniel Bard.
– Assemble stack of 8×10 glossy photos of that day’s opposing batters, cover in fresh-drawn yak’s blood, set afire.
– Check locker ammo supply in case rebel insurgents launch coup mid-game.
– Watch Oprah.
If we missed any, put ‘em in the comments.