Considering today is opening day and all, it’s only fitting that we talk a bit about superstitions. Baseball players are notoriously superstitious — I can’t wait for the sabermetrics community to tackle that — and Portland Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright, a former baseball player himself, opened up about his personal rituals follow last night’s 105-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Per Oregon Live:
Take his pregame shooting. First he has to make seven mid-range shots, then four pull-ups. Then the three-pointers start. He has to make 10 in a corner, seven on a wing, three at the top, seven on the other wing, and another 10 at the other corner.
But he’s not done: “I gotta do three layups, and I gotta make a shot in the corner.”
And then? “I gotta sign autographs, and then I gotta go back, and I gotta put my jersey on first.”
Oh, and there’s more. Wright also discussed how he’s superstitious about texting, revealing that he likes to receive texts from his mother, his brother, and his girlfriend before each game, even suggesting that his brother caused him to miss all his shots in a game earlier this month due to not sending the usual pregame text.
Wright, welcome to the superstitious club. Here’s our theme song.
[Source: Oregon Live]