Wade Boggs Boggs was a notoriously superstitious ballplayer. He had to eat chicken before every game. He would only wind sprint and practice batting at 5:17 every day (a.m. or p.m. didn’t matter to the baseball gods, apparently). He also had to leave the house at the same time every day on game day and write “Chaim” (the Hebrew word for “life”) in the dirt at every at bat. Guess it worked.