The first 10,000 fans at tonight’s game will receive a Carlos Pena home run figurine, seen at right. Pena believes this is a good omen, and if he is lucky, it will erase a curse that he placed on himself earlier this season.
As you can see, the mini-statue has Pena doing what we affectionately call “Doin’ the ‘Los!” That is, Pena touches his helmet during his home run trot. This typically occurs between first and second base (although at least once it happened after he rounded second).
And like the figurine, Pena also always touches his helmet with his left hand. Well, almost always.
Back on June 24th, Pena hit a home run against the Phillies and when he Did the ‘Los, I noticed something odd…
Pena did the ‘Los right-handed. I didn’t think much of it until I noticed how excited Pena was about the figurine (via TampaBay.com)…
“It’s a sign of good things…Every time I touch my head something good happens. It’s perfect timing. This is when I want to touch my head the most.”
Was Pena messing with a good thing when he touched his helmet with his right hand? Let’s take a look…
His batting average is down. His OBP and OPS are way down. He was hitting a home run every 24 at bats. Since the right-handed ‘Los it is once every 28 at bats. And his strikeout-to-walk ratio has gone from 1.7 to 2.9.
Coincidence? Probably. But we also know just superstitious ballplayers are. And Pena is no exception. Just look at how he changes the wristbands on his forearm every few games.
So maybe the figurine is a sign of good things. But let’s just hope, that if Pena does hit a home run tonight, he does the ‘Los with the right hand, I mean, correct hand.