funny thing about the Rockies - D 'backs game I noticed, Valverdie seemed to be really affected my something that happened early in the inning on the infield hit he fielded. It wasn't physical, but mental as he stepped on the third base chalk fielding the ball. He immediately looked down and seemed to shake his head when he noticed he was on the chalk, and quickly jumped off, but held his right leg in the air looking down on it. Then he went over to an area near the mound, sat down and scraped the bottom of his shoes. He gets back on the mound and is a mess. Three straight walks and the go-ahead run is in.
Point is Valverdie is one of those superstitious chalk hoppers, that is they jump over the chalk on the way in and out of games. My question is do you think his superstition got the best of him mentally?