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Written by Jeff Wagg   

What is it with Baseball players? They're big, strong, well-paid... and yet some of them are afraid to sleep in a hotel alone.

No, I'm not making this up. Others sleep with a baseball bat by their side. Are they afraid of paparazzi? Jealous wives and girlfriends? No. They're afraid of ghosts.

WISN in Milwaukee reports that a local hotel, the newly remodeled Pfister, is scaring ballplayers from many visiting teams. You can check out their video report here.

From the article:

"There was a few people that said there was particular floor -- I don't know which one. But there might be some chains rattling or something at night," Trevor Hoffman said.

"The halls seem like they're really creepy. You know, just really cringy a lot," Mike Cameron said. A player for the Dodgers has been known to sleep with a baseball bat for protection after hearing odd noises. And two pairs of Florida Marlins players reportedly demand to share a room when they're in Milwaukee because they're afraid of ghosts.

Did he just say "cringy"? He did. Now honestly, I'm sure there are a lot of things to be afraid of in Milwaukee, such as this. But grown men afraid to sleep alone because of ghosts is a bit much for our national pasttime to handle, I think.

So if your favorite team happens to be the Brewers, and the visiting team is pitching, you just might want to stand behind home plate with a sheet over your head, and point the fickle finger of fate at them. Just don't visit the Pfister dressed like that, or you might be hit with a bat.

And yes, I suspect WISN had a slow news day and decided to manufacture a story. Sigh.

 

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written by BillyJoe, June 12, 2009
Maxwell! Down upon his head!
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written by TDjazz, June 13, 2009
Nostra: My my, what an eloquent statement. There's definitely no comeback to that.
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written by TDjazz, June 13, 2009
Ahem...now for the topic at hand: Athletes have always been a superstitious lot (check out http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/12948), so being irrational and believing in (and being afraid of) ghosts is just par for the course (pun intended).
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written by GusGus, June 13, 2009
So if you're favorite team happens to be the Brewers

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That should be "your," not "you are."
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Speaking of superstitious athletes, how about all the baseball players who cross themselves when they go to bat? I'm sure that God favors them above the other players!
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They should put cigarettes and Rum outside their doors.
written by Brookston John, June 13, 2009
Make Jobu happy..... smilies/grin.gif
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Like I Always Say
written by Liveliest Crib, June 13, 2009
It's like I've been saying for so long . . . . . .

If you ever encounter an immaterial apparition from some other plane of reality, the best thing to do to protect yourself is to hit it with a bat.

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written by AlmightyBob, June 13, 2009
Ah, yes, Wisconsin, land of cow s**it and beer f**rts.
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written by LovleAnjel, June 13, 2009
BWAHAHAH!

So glad to be a Cubs fan.
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written by Skemono, June 13, 2009
You'd sleep with a baseball bat too if you'd pissed off the Colonel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_the_Colonel
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written by jeff in chicago, June 13, 2009
@LovieAnjel: Right, because Cubs fans don't believe in ghosts or curses or anything like that.
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written by Michelle, June 13, 2009
...they're ghosts. What are you gonna do, bash their transparent heads?
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written by DrMatt, June 14, 2009
If you're going to put cigarettes and rum outside the door, try putting Parmesian cheese instead. FSM likes Parmesian...
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written by mjh937, June 15, 2009
Is paranoia a side effect of steroid use?
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written by Anthro, June 20, 2009
Oh goddess, I live in Milwaukee and this is SOOOOO embarrassing! The Pfister is a lovely old hotel and quite posh by Milwaukee standards, so I think the management must be embarrassed as well. I never watch local news because of this sort of thing (actually I killed my television years ago).

In spite of this fiasco, I'd like to say that there is more to Milwaukee than pisswater beer, cow pats, and bratwurst flatulence! I'm from the west coast and it took a long time to adjust, but the city has come a long way. Lots of microbrewery beer now, a couple of good local coffee chains, an extensive and well-maintained city park system that includes miles and miles of bike, ski and walking trails. The Lake is beautiful and not nearly as crowded as ocean beaches. I haven't got into cheese curds, but I do like the better beers and the recreation!
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written by Brent Y, June 20, 2009
The amount of intelligence required to swing a baseball bat and hit a ball or catch or throw a ball is, obviously, not very high. What amazes me is those who are amazed that adults paid to play children's games and encouraged in many other ways to act like children still believe childish things.

And Milwaukee might be nice in the summer but after spending more than a few winters up north, growing up and lately because of a family illness, I have to question the sanity of anyone who chooses to live there year round. Of course, the "demand to share a room" line might be for other reasons entirely, it's really sad that they'd rather be seen as superstitious fools than admit their sexual orientation.
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written by Steel Rat, July 09, 2009
So if your favorite team happens to be the Brewers, and the visiting team is pitching, you just might want to stand behind home plate with a sheet over your head, and point the fickle finger of fate at them.


You know it's a good day when you can successfully slip in a Laugh-In reference. Nicely done!
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written by Steel Rat, July 09, 2009
The Pfister is a lovely old hotel and quite posh by Milwaukee standards,


Having been to Milwaukee, that's not saying much! smilies/cool.gif
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