Baseball might be the sport in which the players are most superstitious. Players can hold onto anything — a pregame routine, a special pair of socks, wearing a hat a certain way — if they believe it will help them win.
For the Michigan baseball team, that secret weapon and good luck charm has been country star Kenny Chesney.
According to ESPN, the music from the country star wasn’t popular among all of Michigan’s players until they took a team-bonding trip to Lincoln, Nebraska to a concert. Since that trip, Chesney has been the voice in the Wolverines locker room.
“Turn Kenny on,” Michigan outfielder Jordan Brewer said after Saturday’s win over Texas Tech. “At practice Kenny’s on, on the bus Kenny’s on, in the airplane Kenny’s on, and when we’re chillin’ Kenny’s on.”
Brewer said that, since the trip, Michigan has played stress-free baseball. He even called the concert a “mental flush” that the team needed.
It’s worked out pretty well for the Wolverines. In its first two games of the College World Series, Michigan has defeated Texas Tech (5-3) and Florida State (2-0) to start 2-0. Those victories come after the Wolverines defeated top-seeded UCLA 2-1 in a best-of-three Super Regional.
Now, Michigan, who was thought to be an underdog entering the NCAA Tournament, has a legitimate shot at claiming the College World Series title.
Who would’ve thought a country star would have such an impact in college baseball?