superstition?Baseball players won’t be on the field without a scent

The New York Times-Life / Style-It was sometime in the 2012 season that Kansas City Royals’ Arcides Escobar took the bottle out of the locker and sprinkled some of its contents on Salvador Perez. Surprisingly, Perez warned not to ruin his Venezuelan colleague and best friend, and expressed his feelings in a series of explanations in Spanish.

Some baseball players, especially Latin players, believe that cologne administration is essential before the match. Photo: Chris Morris / New York Times

But after a few hours, Perez didn’t care at all. He hit four times that day and smelled good in the process. The mysterious substance in the bottle has become a performance improver from his point of view: Women’s perfume..

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“Since then, I have all the perfumes Victoria’s Secret Perez recently remembered in Spanish.

O baseball full tradition, superstition And characteristics. But few are as fun or fragrant as those practiced daily by Perez, Escobar, and countless other players (many of whom are from Latin America). Soak in Cologne and perfume before going to the field.

Yuli Gurriel, first baseman of the Houston Astros from Cuba, said: “I see it this way. It’s my job, I like to look good, and I also like to smell good.”

The baseball field is probably the last place people expect to smell a blend of flowers, fruits and wood oils, but there is a reason for players. The most quoted is that you don’t want to stink when you sweat. The emotions associated with Cologne and perfumes (special occasions, specific moods, positive atmospheres) can help with memories of a tense competition.

San Francisco Giants coach Gabe Kapler, 46, said he was a catcher at the Boston Red Sox when former star hitter Manny Ramirez sprayed his teammates Cologne before the match.

“They are all too athletic, too strong, and too talented to succeed on the ballpark,” Kapler continued. “But self-confidence drops dramatically during the season, and this should also be difficult, Performance may improve slightly if you feel confident that you can smell good and look good at the baseball field... “”

Few players can explain the origin of this tradition, but it has been around for decades. Some Latin Americans have said that the use of cologne and perfumes in everyday life is common and is naturally transported to the countryside.

“If I don’t have a perfume, I feel weird,” said Venezuelan third baseman. Seattle Mariners, Eugenio Suarez. “It sounds crazy, but if you don’t spray the perfume before playing, it feels like you weren’t in the shower.” (Suarez, 30, he’s definitely taking a shower. I made it.)

“It’s a cultural thing,” added Carlos Santana, 36, first baseman of the Royals.

Starting pitcher since childhood Toronto Blue JaysAfter taking a shower, Cuban Alek Manoah said he sprayed himself with Cologne, which he received from his grandmother every Christmas.Reserve pitcher New York YankeesWandy Peralta said he learned to use the scents from old Dominican players.

At Youth Rank, where players are often paid low wages, Perez said he had never seen many players spraying themselves before the match. But in the big ones, everything from salaries to infamous ones is growing.

“You need to look good.” Performer, Aledmys Diaz, 31, Cuba. “This is a show.”

Prior to his exile from Cuba in 2016, Gurriel said he wore Cologne from the collection. Antonio Banderas -The only Cologne brand he has found. In the United States, he buys more often because he has more options and money. And since he plays first base, he receives visits from his opponents throughout the game.

“All players always tell me,’You always smell good,'” he said with a laugh.

Through baseball, the scented cult has spread beyond Latin American players.As Cincinnati RedsLas Vegas-born backup pitcher Amir Garrett said he saw teammates Raisel Iglesias, Peralta and Suarez pass through the colony before the match. There, 30-year-old Garrett began invading Suarez’s hideout with permission, after which he continued to practice wearing Cologne. Royals..

Jordan Romano of the Blue Jays, Canada’s closest, said he hadn’t worn Cologne until his Dominican teammate Rafael Doris gave him his first bottle last year. When 29-year-old Romano fell in love with the ritual, the two began giving each other a new vial, and Romano developed his own method. He switches between three colonies. One is when you feel good, one when you feel “dangerous”, and the other when you try to break the losing streak of the team.

“I spray the boy,” he said. “I will provide it if I think it is necessary.”

However, some players feel that they don’t have to. After passing the scented clubhouse, Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. jokes, “Hey, are you playing baseball or going out?”

Considering how the perfume is polarized, this is the subject that divides the club. Or, at least, it’s the subject of nifty bullying.

Bo Bichette, shortstop Blue JaysHe joked that he could smell the player “from 6 meters away”. In addition to wearing Cologne for a nice supper with his wife Washington NationalsSean Doolittle said the only other time he used it was “when I walk in the clouds after one of the guys passed Cologne at the clubhouse.”

Technician PerformerDusty Baker, 72 years old. Los Angeles DodgersManimota, a Dominican in the 1970s, said his players valued coming to him for pre-match checks. “They don’t say’sniff me’, but they pass me,” he added.

One of the people who does this most often is the starting pitcher. Framber Valdez.. Gurriel, 37, said the Dominican Republic’s Valdes uses a “1 ton” scent. “You sweat a lot, and sometimes you like to smell good, feel comfortable, fragrant and free,” added Valdes, 28.

Asked if it helped him get his shot right, Valdes, a key player on the Astros team in last season’s World Series, replied without hesitation: “Of course.”

Perez, now 32, felt the same about his old Victorian secret perfume. Escobar and Perez, now 35 years old with the Nationals, first encountered the scent of flowers at a mall near Kansas City, and for many years after the player’s use was released, the company told them. I sent the scent.

It worked in their minds: they reached the World Series in consecutive seasons and won in 2015. Knowing this tradition of success, other players are beginning to reflect.

“I probably smelled like shit,” said Kasari, 33, who wasn’t wearing perfume. “Maybe you should call Victoria’s Secret and have it sent.” / Translation LÍVIABUE LONI GONÇALVES

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