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  • Black Cat/White Dog: Superstition in the Bullpen

    The Rules:

    A black cat can be anything someone says that is good about your own team or bad about the visiting team. The opposite will inevitably happen.

    Example 1: “Our starting pitcher is dicing up the other team today. He’s going to throw a shutout. Black cat. He will give up a run and come out of the game.”

    Example 2: “This team hasn’t hit a home run in a while, they look awful at the plate. Black cat. They will hit a home run and start squaring balls up.”

    A white dog is anything bad about our team or good about the other team.

    Example 1: “We never score first. White dog. We score three runs in the first inning.”

    Example 2: “These guys crush fastballs. White dog. Don’t hit a fastball hard all day.”

    If you intentionally black cat someone it turns into a white dog and vice versa.

    If you black cat someone it is customary to take them out to lunch.


    I was getting ready for the game, when one of the bullpen pitchers asked who was starting for the other team. I explained that he was a top prospect, but recently had a slew of bad outings and reportedly lost some velocity. As I was talking some other bullpen guys joined in on the conversation. One of them had a look in his eye like I just said something catastrophic. “Black cat!” He yelled. I had no idea what he was talking about, which he figured out from the confused look on my face. After he explained the rules to me, I understood that as far as the bullpen was concerned, I had sealed our fate that day.

    Superstition has been a part of baseball for a very long time. Some guys wear the same socks or shirts without washing them for days at a time, while others will go to crazy lengths to keep everything the same from past successful games. The black cat/white dog has become an interesting superstition in the Rock Cats bullpen this year. Whether these rules ring true or not, you will have to decide for yourself.

    A special thanks to Matt Hauser and the rest of the bullpen for their help with this article. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MHauser_17.


    You can also follow me on Twitter @APettersen1 or email me at [email protected].
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    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      Well, what happened? Did the pitcher get hit hard? Throw a shutout?
      Did you have to take someone to dinner or out for drinks?

      Fun story, but hey!
      Finish the story, man.
    1. AJPettersen's Avatar
      AJPettersen -
      Haha, sorry! His velocity was down, but he beat us. So the jury is out.

      Quote Originally Posted by Oldgoat_MN View Post
      Well, what happened? Did the pitcher get hit hard? Throw a shutout?
      Did you have to take someone to dinner or out for drinks?

      Fun story, but hey!
      Finish the story, man.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      I'm afraid to read this. Is this about the negative effects of stereotypes? Or neo-nazi propaganda? All I can tell is there must be some racial theme I want to steer clear of.

      Edit: Ok, I caved, I can't resist anything sensational.

      Can I ask who the pitcher was?
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by AJPettersen View Post
      Haha, sorry! His velocity was down, but he beat us. So the jury is out.
      Was that a couple days ago in Reading?
    1. shs_59's Avatar
      shs_59 -
      With the bullpen being such a big strenght for us this year.

      The roation actually holding its own lately, when very little was excpected out of them (cough Diamond)

      But the Offense the Major downer debbie downer, defense above average.


      I think the Twins SHOULD and will trade 1 or 2 of Burton, Fein, Perkins (*tough one) and Roenicke.

      The twins need to get there hands on as many B- / B type prospects as they can right now.

      Perkins will probably stay, but i think Burton and Fein should be moved. Pelfrey probably too, and if not him Deduno
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      Quote Originally Posted by AJPettersen View Post
      Haha, sorry! His velocity was down, but he beat us. So the jury is out.
      Thank you.
    1. SpitefulRabbit617's Avatar
      SpitefulRabbit617 -
      Where are the black and white rabbits when you need them?
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