Jordan never hit the court without his UNC trunks under his Bulls uniform. And Boggs ate chicken before every game. MF explains why your favorite pro athletes practice the superstitious rituals they do.
Wade Boggs’ Pre-Game Chicken Tradition
Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs enjoyed an incredibly successful 18-year career, appearing in 12 All-Star Games and winning the 1996 World Series with the Yankees before calling it quits at the end of the ’99 season, with a .328 career batting average and over 3,000 hits. If you did that well for yourself, would you change any part of your approach to the game? Boggs had an insanely regimented pre-game routine – reportedly, he would field exactly 150 ground balls in the infield, start his batting practice at exactly 5:17 PM (during night games), and run wind sprints at exactly 7:17 PM. Then, of course, there was the chicken he would eat before every game, earning him the nickname, “Chicken Man.” He embraced the public’s interest in his chicken obsession by putting out a book featuring his favorite fowl recipes in 1984.
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