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Locks of Luck: Do Rangers Owe Success to Elvis Andrus' Hair?

Superstitions run deep on this year's Rangers' team

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    Most fans agree this year's Texas Rangers are the best in the team's history -- and they also just might be the most superstitious. More at MLB.com and TexasRangers.com

    Most fans agree this year's Texas Rangers are the best in the team's history -- and they also just might be the most superstitious.

    Perhaps the most visible example is shortstop Elvis Andrus' hair, which he hasn't cut since spring training.

    "It's been working the whole year, so why cut it?" Andrus said.

    It's just one superstition of many on the team.

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    Most fans agree this year's Texas Rangers are the best in the team's history -- and they also just might be the most superstitious. More at MLB.com and TexasRangers.com

    "I do have to eat the same breakfast," pitcher Derek Holland said. "I always get two eggs over easy, bacon, sausage and then some pancakes, too."

    There's the deer on the wall in the Rangers' locker room symbolizing speed. And then there are those unique necklaces many players wear.

    "It's got titanium in it to help blood flow and gets the soreness out of your muscles faster," pitcher Dustin Nippert said. "I think they work."

    But not everyone on the team believes in superstition.

    "I put on my uniform," joked second baseman Ian Kinsler. "My hat goes on my head."

    Center fielder Josh Hamilton said he doesn't buy into superstition for religious reasons.

    "I really feel like I can't believe in luck or superstition if I believe in Christ," he said.

    Added catcher Bengie Molina: "I don't believe in any superstition. I don't have one."

    But with the team's success, few want to risk changing the routine.

    "We're winning," Andrus said. "I always said before the season began, 'If we continue to play and win, I'm going to let my hair grow out.' We're still here, so I can't cut this."

    Asked if he really credited his long hair for the team's success, he said, "I really believe it, and it's just for fun, too."

    Others, such as pitcher C.J. Wilson, said they have routines but aren't superstitious.

    "I eat the same food on days when I start because I know what it's going to make me feel like, not because I'm thinking it's particularly lucky," he said. "Because if it was lucky, I would have gone like 34 and one this year, and I haven't."