LOS ANGELES - Baseball players are a different breed, a product mostly of the grueling 162-game season. Superstitions permeate the clubhouse throughout the season. A 10-game West Coast trip is the perfect setting for zaniness.
So that's how a reggae version of the famous "Rubber Duckie" song from Sesame Street has become a mainstay on the pregame music playlist in the Phillies clubhouse. Roy Oswalt used strength and conditioning coordinator Dong Lien's iPod one day in San Francisco and stumbled upon the song, which is a favorite of Lien's daughter.
Oswalt grinned as he played it. Now it's a good-luck charm for a group of grown men.