So over at the Slow Curve, we’ve been stymied by stomach flu (the same week Bryce Harper had it) and technical difficulties (apparently the same week the Nats defense had it) and as such, haven’t been around much these past two weeks. I have this notion that if I’m not watching or listening to the game AND signed into Twitter, the Nats are more likely to lose. But any given night, you’re bound to see various and sundry theories as to why Adam LaRoche is slumping, why everyone is pulling their hamstrings, why men get left on base. Conversely, when Danny Espinosa doesn’t shave for a day and gets a good knock, Twitter talks about #beardpower; someone hits it out of the park and another person says “Hey, I just turned on the TV” as if that’s the whole inspiration behind going yard. There are jinxes (those cast against other teams by @JWerthsBeard, and those cast upon us by @WashingNats), cataclysm-inspired magic words tossed out to summon power (Harpercalypse! Werthquake! Adam Bomb!), and, of course, that favorite cap that you’ve never washed ever because without it, the pitchers can’t find the strike zone.
The Nationals haven’t been around long enough yet to enjoy a full-blown curse such as those celebrated ignominiously by other teams (Billy Penn and the Gambino being the two with which I am most familiar), but there has been a lot of speculation about various phenoms and their relationship with Sports Illustrated covers. And while we all may realize in our heads that the various things WE do in hopes of influencing the game in some kind of butterfly-wing way aren’t really changing the outcomes, in our hearts, we absolutely MUST continue to do the things we do that correlate with, if not cause, success.
Do you have a favorite superstition about the Nats? What do you think is jinxing them now? Any other favorite baseball stories about curses, coincidences and charms?