Hot hitter on the Red Sox? Keep an eye on that dirty or sweaty undershirt or jock.

HT: The Hardball Times
Linkage.

HT: Boston Herald for the image.

The Seattle Times interviewed some of their local ballplayers about superstitions. The most interesting one, certainly for us, is this little nugget from Miguel Batista:

The dumbest one, as far as he's concerned, was something he heard about Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez.

"He'll wear somebody's socks or shirt if a player's been hot," he said. "You'll go to your locker and go 'Where's my damned undershirt?' And guys are like: "Oh, Manny may have it.'

Wonderful information for us. Manny is nothing if not a source of entertainment, and I get a huge kick out of this. I have certainly heard of players not washing their own undergarments if they're playing well, but using someone else's?

Who's stuff was he probably wearing?

April: David Ortiz (1.030 OPS)
May: His own. Failing that, either Youkilis's boxers or Lowell's undershirt would've been appropriate. (1.009 OPS, .986 OPS)
June: His own. Failing that, probably Trot Nixon's entire camoflage underwear collection. (1.019 OPS)
July: David Ortiz (1.227 OPS)
August: No one really approached Manny in August.
September/October: David Ortiz (1.146 OPS)

Manny might not've been going on OPS alone. Or he might not look at sample sizes. Josh Beckett was an excellent hitter in May, for 4 ABs.

Final Thoughts.

Papi comes as no surprise. I didn't remember Trot being that good in June.

Anyone hoping for a prolonged hot streak from Dustin Pedroia should consider this newfound habit of Manny's. It would be a tight squeeze.

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