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Former Yankee, Wade Boggs, was one of the most superstitious athletes of all-time. He had quite the routine. During his career, he woke up at exactly the same time every day, ate chicken before every game (Jim Rice nicknamed him “Chicken Man”), took batting practice at exactly 5:17, did wind sprints at exactly 7:17, and etched the Hebrew symbol “Chai” in the dirt before he entered the batter’s box. The thing is..he’s not Jewish..so I always wondered why he did that. Of course, the symbol can be worn by anyone, but it was a very unusual thing to do.

Before he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, he gave an interview to Mark Groenich, explaining why he did that throughout his enitre career.

From Being Jewish:

MARK GROENICH: I have an offbeat question that one of my clients wants to know about.You write the word chai by home plate. How did that come about? Where and when did you first start doing it? How did you first learn about what chai meant?    

WADE BOGGS: I was seven years old and in Brunswick, Georgia. I was going through a magazine and there were symbols in the back of the magazine. One of them was the chai sign for good luck and life. I looked at it and said, well, I’ll just wish myself good luck when I get into the batter’s box and I drew it with my feet. I just continued to do that throughout my career. I would draw the chai sign in the dirt before I got into the batter’s box, not being Jewish, but, it was just a symbol that I used throughout my career — just wishing myself good luck when I got up, before I got into the box.    

GROENICH: It would help?    

BOGGS: Along with the other 85 (superstitions) that I had — they all helped. (more…)

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Lou Piniella spent 18 years in the major leagues as a player (NYY, KCR, CLE, BAL), 23 years as a manager (Yankees, Reds, Mariners, Rays, Cubs), won three World Series rings and ranks 14th on the all-time managerial wins list (1,835 Wins).

From ESPN.com:

CHICAGO — Lou Piniella’s long and colorful career has spanned 48 years, from an aggressive outfielder with a sharp batting eye to a successful manager whose highlight-reel base-throwing tantrums sometimes overshadowed his baseball acumen.His family, from his relatives to his teammates and players, always has come first. And that’s why the leader of the Chicago Cubs decided to step down after Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves — he wants to spend more time with his ailing mother.

“My mom needs me home and that’s where I’m going,” Piniella said before one last game in the dugout.Chicago quickly named third base coach Mike Quade manager for the remaining 38 games of the season, starting Monday at Washington.

I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of “Sweet Lou.”

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