Skipping Tonight’s Game in Fear of Being Jinx

May 30, 2009 | Glenn Clark

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As Thyrl Nelson wrote earlier this week and my friend Sam Angell (who works dilligently at the University of Maryland and previously worked for BaltimoreRavens.com) Facebooked-this has been about the best week for an Orioles fan since-say-1997.

Winners of 7 of their last 8, the call-up of “future Hall of Famer” Matt Wieters, a walk-off home run by a rookie to cap a late 5 run rally, and wins for two pitchers in their first big league starts. It has been particularly spectacular.

Unfortunately; I have only been there for one game. The loss. Last Sunday-in heartbreaking fashion thanks to an Adam Dunn grand slam at Nationals Park.

I was going to go to a number of games since last Friday-but numerous factors kept me away. I missed last Friday and Saturday due to family events. I missed Tuesday due to fear of the weather. I missed Wednesday due to our KOBST finale at Padonia Station. And I missed Friday “Wieters night” for a reason so strange I don’t think I can explain it here. Let’s just say it involves the NSA and the movie “Up.” I’m not kidding.

But finally; tonight was the night to go. My girlfriend “The Luckiest Darn Gal on the Face of the Planet” was ready to go to her first game this season; and I was gathering friends on Facebook to also go. But then it hit me…

“What if I’m the jinx?”

I got a text from the previously mentioned Sam A asking me where I was planning on sitting for tonight’s game. Right about the same time, “TLDGOTFOTP” started feeling sick. It was as if it was a sign.

I don’t want to be the one to ruin this.

Maybe this is just a fortunate streak in a season where things could still go bad. But I’m way too superstitious to take that risk. I might be the jinx. And if I am, I’m not ruining it for anyone else. I’ll watch the game on TV; but I’m not going tonight. No chance. If they win, I might not go again on the next homestand. We’ll see how it goes. If they lose, I’ll just assume it was dumb luck and had nothing to do with me. I can’t go tomorrow anyway; so that’s not an issue here.

I have to stay away. I’m not ruining this. These last 9 days have been way too good.

-G

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