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March 16, 2017

Ever wondered what Eastern League baseball players do before their games?

Five Players For The Portland Sea Dogs And The Weird Things They Do To Get Ready For A Game

Ever wondered what Eastern League baseball players do before their games?

Who hasn’t.

Everyone has a superstition, and here’s what five players from the Portland Sea Dogs do before their game!

Jalen Beeks, Pitcher

“Every morning a gazelle wakes up in Africa. His name is Jeremy. And I adopted him through one of those infomercials. I say a prayer for him before every game, and so far I’m 175-152 since I started doing it. This is baseball, you aren’t going to win every game.”


Danny Bethea, Catcher

“Who are you? Why do you keep showing up and asking me questions? I’m a minor league baseball player. This is my seventh year in the minors and I’m not sure how much longer I can do this. If a call doesn’t come soon, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m 28, I’m not a young man anymore. I have a kid. I have no college degree, no skills. I just don’t know anymore. I never should have left school early.”

That’s awesome.

Ryan Court, Infielder

“I crank out Slim Shady’s Greatest Hits, the clean version. All of it. Every game. Why? Because it’s the one my dad bought me when I was 13. The same exact copy he bought me, and the same walkman I’ve had since I was seven. I’ve always thought my dad was such a pussy for not buying the unedited version, but he’s dead now so I can’t just throw it away.”

What a story.

Tim Roberson, DH

“What? Please, just go away.”


Cole Sturgeon, Outfielder

“If it’s an away game, I usually just watch Spiderman 2 once or twice, time permitting, the one with Tobey McGuire. For home games, it’s usually Schindler’s List or other historical fictions based around World War II, usually the Holocaust.”

That’s a good way to get in the zone.