We sometimes suspect that if you told a baseball player that putting a paper clip on each testicle would pull them out of slumps, they'd do it (and maybe even try the nipples too). The latest superstition craze in baseball, according to The New York Times (who would know, we guess), is the orange titanium necklace. That's right. For 26 bucks, you can have a weird wristband type thing to wear around your neck to give you, uh, let's see here, "improved circulation and reduced muscle stress."
How a necklace could possibly do this is beyond us, and considering the team that's wearing these the most are the Mets, well, let's say we're skeptical. The necklaces are designed by a Japanese company called Phitean, and their spokesperson of course spouts the type of mumbo-jumbo that athletes are just dumb enough to respond to.
"Everybody has electricity running through their bodies," said Scott McDonald, a Seattle-based sales and marketing representative for Phiten. "This product stabilizes that flow of electricity if you're stressed or tired. Pitchers are seeing that they aren't as sore. Injured players are seeing that they recover faster from workouts. People are always skeptical, but when they try it, they become believers."
Or, as Mariners infielder Jose Lopez said, "I guess I feel a little happier with it." Which is the same reason we always do this site next to our teddy bear. Oh, and weed.
Try A Titanium Necklace [New York Times]