Los Angeles Dodger infielder Nomar Garciaparra looks like any other baseball player up until the moment he reaches the batter’s box. That’s when he transforms from a ballplayer to a circus freak, thanks to a succession of taps, tics, twists, touches, and a variable assortment of gestures and adjustments in preparation for his turn at bat.
The description reads like instructions for some alternative aerobic workout: Adjust right wristband. Tap plate with bat. Touch bill of helmet, end of bat, touch helmet again. Balance bat on shoulder. Tighten batting gloves. Dig spikes into dirt. Then, right hand crosses over left, tug left-hand glove. Twist cleats and rotate bat counterclockwise in tight circles. Repeat four times from start to finish between each pitch.
And that’s only half of it.