Larry Walker’s Obsession with the Number 3
The 1997 MVP who was an offensive juggernaut for the Colorado Rockies of the ‘90s was another deeply superstitious man, completely fixated on the number ‘3.’ According to a 1993 Sports Illustrated article by Leigh Montville, Walker’s obsession played a role in his approach to the game, and his personal life as well. He was married on November 3 at 3:33 and his phone number had “as many threes as the phone company would allow.” While playing, he wore number 33, and he would take three practice swings before going to bat. If he was tight, he would alter that to some multiple of three swings, and he agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Expos in 1993 (the year is coincidental, but the contract probably wasn’t). Hey, it worked for him – Walker was one of the most dominant players of his era, even when a lot of the league was on steroids.
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