Baseball Superstitions – Padres Bullpen Has The Force

The San Diego Padres have lead the NL West division since June 21st (that’s a life-time seventy-seven days). They even claimed the best record in baseball for a stretch after the All-star break. We all know that sports have their odd superstitions. Don’t talk to a pitcher that has an active no-hitter. Don’t mention the words “no-hitter” if you are witnessing the feat. Don’t step on the foul line when entering or leaving the field. Abstain from sex during an active winning streak. But what do the Padres claim to be the reason for their success this season?

“Let the force be with you” – That’s right, this season the Padres have caught Star Wars fever. It may be no coincidence that David Eckstien’s wife is a voice for one of the characters in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars digital animations. On June 22, just after the Padres claimed the lead in the NL West, a Yoda backpack turned up in the Padres’ bullpen. Since that day, Yoda has been using the force to help the Padres bullpen maintain the title of “the best bullpen in the 2010 season” and the NL West lead. Yoda soon gained a friend on July 2nd when Chewbacca entered the bullpen as the secondary backpack. And they have been part of the team ever since with the responsibilities of making sure these two have a seat at the game falling to the low man on the totem pole (whoever the youngest player is at the time in the bullpen).

Padres Bullpen Good Luck Charm

I got to catch a glimpse of these two when I was at the game sitting behind the Padres bullpen when Matt Stairs belted his record setting home run. It wasn’t like these two backpacks are just sitting in the corner. The players make sure they have a view of the game; and any time the Padres score, they make sure to include Yoda and Chewbacca in the high-fives (I even saw Mike Adams mimic the Yoda ears to Yoda midway through the game).

It’s nice to see players having fun during the games. Hopefully the superstitions stop with furry alien creatures and don’t start transitioning to Hannah Montana or High School Musical characters/memorabilia.

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