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Monday, May 23, 2022

Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good. Smell Good?

Although a baseball field is perhaps the last place people would expect to smell like concoctions of flowers, fruits and tree oils, the players have their reasons. Among the most cited: They don’t want to smell bad when they sweat, and the emotions attached to their colognes and perfumes — special occasions, a specific frame of mind, positive vibes — are helpful reminders during tense competitions.

“These guys are all physically capable,” said San Francisco Giants Manager Gabe Kapler, 46, who was on the receiving end when the former star slugger Manny Ramirez sprayed cologne on his teammates before games when they were on the Boston Red Sox.

“They’re all plenty athletic, plenty strong, plenty talented to have success on the baseball field,” Kapler continued. “But confidence ebbs and flows dramatically during the season. So this is probably too in the weeds, but if these guys smelling good or looking good on the baseball field makes them feel confident, maybe that marginally improves their performance.” 

While few players could explain the origins of this tradition, it has been around for decades. Several from Latin America said using cologne or perfume in everyday life is common and it naturally carried over to the field.

“If I don’t have perfume on, I feel strange,” said Seattle Mariners third baseman Eugenio Suárez, a Venezuelan. “Even though it sounds crazy, I feel like I haven’t taken a shower if I don’t spray perfume on before playing.” (Suárez, 30, clarified that he does actually shower.)

“It’s something cultural,” added Carlos Santana, 36, a first baseman for the Royals who is Dominican.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 23, 2022 at 09:25 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 23, 2022 at 03:06 PM (#6078146)
There's something about an Aqua Velva man.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 23, 2022 at 04:13 PM (#6078164)
Manny Ramirez sprayed cologne on his teammates before games when they were on the Boston Red Sox.

Is "cologne" the Spanish translation of "his own urine"?
   3. Itchy Row Posted: May 23, 2022 at 04:18 PM (#6078165)
Kapler is more into coconut oil than cologne.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 23, 2022 at 04:36 PM (#6078166)
“They’re all plenty athletic, plenty strong, plenty talented to have success on the baseball field,” Kapler continued. “But confidence ebbs and flows dramatically during the season. So this is probably too in the weeds, but if these guys smelling good or looking good on the baseball field makes them feel confident, maybe that marginally improves their performance.” 
Narrator: It does not.
   5. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 23, 2022 at 04:53 PM (#6078169)
Spread a little stink perfume** around home plate, and the catcher will be too distracted to call the right pitch.

** BITD it went by the brand name of "Apple Blossom", and its chief resting place was in Junior High Schools' ventilation systems.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: May 23, 2022 at 05:11 PM (#6078174)
Paging Jack Keefe ...

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