Posted at 6:59 AM on March 19, 2007
by David Zingler
Justin Morneau’s superstitions have been well documented since he burst onto the national scene last summer, but lately he’s taken it to a new level.
“Justin won’t put down that MVP trophy,” former roommate Joe Mauer explained. “He carries it everywhere: to the grocery store, into the clubhouse and dugout – he even sleeps with it. It’s really beginning to affect his social life, if you know what I mean.”
It seems that Morneau was so surprised and honored to receive the award that he’s afraid of letting out of his sight. According to several of his teammates he’s even been heard muttering “Must protect the precious” while polishing the trophy.
“It’s no big deal,” Morneau said of his latest personality tick while stroking a rabbit’s foot and hunting for four leaf clovers. “A lot of guys have their rituals, if it works for them, why mess with success.”
Thus far the organization seems to share that sentiment, “Hey, I never came close to winning an everyday job at the big league level, let alone an MVP, so who am I to say anything?” manager Ron Gardenhire quipped. “Besides, if Morny drives in 130 runs every year, I’ll let him bring whatever he wants into the dugout. Even farm animals.”