Superstition is putting down roots in Phillies clubhouse

Paul Kurtz
June 26, 2019 - 2:14 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Phillies clubhouse may turn into a bamboo forest if they keep up their winning ways. The team's new good-luck charm is a reminder that superstition and baseball go hand in glove.

Scott Kingery says he's quick to change his wardrobe, and hopefully his mojo, if he gets into a rut at the plate.

"Switch up a shirt or maybe a headband or something if I have a bad day and switch it up the next day," he said.

Mikael Franco, pant legs down
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And keep an eye on Mikael Franco's pant legs. They'll tell you how he's going.

"If I have my pants down and I do good in the game then the next day my pants are goin' to be down, you know what I'm sayin?"

When the entire team is going bad, well, desperate times call for desperate measures. 

Enter Brad "Bamboo" Miller. He joined the team in the midst of a catastrophic losing streak. So he went to Chinatown and bought one bamboo plant to place in his locker and another for a clubhouse centerpiece. 

"Yeah, I've always had it," he said. "Like, once in Double-A in a random mall in Mississippi, I got some bamboo and went off. So I always like having it around."

Why bamboo?

"It's just lucky," he said. "I don't know why. I don't know the lore to it, but it just is. So back home in Florida, I have it all around the house."

And he plans to spread some more around the team's clubhouse. 

The Phillies social media team has even ditched their traditional team logo for their Twitter feed in favor of a four-leaf clover. 

Hey. Whatever it takes. As long as it's working.