October 27, 2004
So while watching the exciting ending of the baseball season, I started to notice multiple shots of fans in the crowd with their baseball caps on inside out and backwards. So, um, why?
12 years ago
I think we called them rally caps when i was younger and played the game.
oops...I accidently cut of the "Intentionally messed up hats" after that Curious George...oh well.
Yes, rally caps. They can be powerful juju.
Maybe not so much for the Cards tonight.
In case you hadn't noticed, us humans have a tenuous grasp on rationality.
My favorite Rally Cap sighting involved Rob Reiner at the Dodgers - good times!
The Anaheim Angels have Rally Monkeys. Which is probably why the Sox swept them.
Yeah, they're "rally caps"; it's supposed to be for good luck. However, it never seemed to work for any softball team I was on as a kid...
Baseball is more superstitious than gambling or religion (was that redundant?). Rally caps are just a part of that nonsense. An interesting post would be one that discusses the various superstitions in baseball, and why baseball is so much more superstitious a sport than the others.
There's another baseball tradition/superstition that involves wearing your cap inside out whenever there's 2 balls, 2 strikes, 2 outs, and 2 men on base. Not the same as a rally cap, but similar.
Ah, ok. Thanks! I obviously need to hang around some baseball more often...
Then there's the baseball superstition where if you hit a home run at your last at bat, and Roger Clemens is pitching, you duck.
If you're the returned ghost of Babe Ruth, Pedro will drill you in the ass.
Here are some rally cap pictures:
(my favorite), and
terribly, terribly frightening