Riverfront Times April 9, 2015 : Page 16

BASEBALL PLAYERS ARE SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST SUPERSTITIOUS ATHLETES. FROM PLAYOFF BEARDS TO RITUAL DIETS TO UNWASHED JOCKSTRAPS, THESE GUYS BELIEVE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING CAN BE LUCKY (OR UNLUCKY). THE FANS ARE NO DIFFERENT, AND WE SET OUT TO FIND OUT HOW FAR THEY GO TO GIVE THE CARDINALS A SUPERNATURAL EDGE ON THE COMPETITION. WE PUT OUT THE CALL TO REDBIRD BOOSTERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND COL-LECTED SOME CRAZY TALES. HERE WE PRESENT THE WINNERS OF OUR BEST FANATIC IN BASEBALL CONTEST. Winner: Jordan Hebrank t was the overalls’ fault. When Jordan Hebrank, a Webster Groves High School graduate and lifelong Cardinals fan, saw them at the store, she was certain they’d be lucky. They were brightly striped red and white, perfect for game days. “My family’s very sports-oriented. We were just born to be Cardinals fans,” she says. “I’ve gone to every game possible.” Her fanaticism for the team was solidifi ed when she went away to college in Florida. Far from the Midwest at a school populated mostly by East Coasters, she often found herself the only Cardinals fan in a sea of Red Sox and Yan-kee followers. “I get so much hatred,” says the 21-year-old environmental studies major. “I’m like, ‘You guys are just jealous.’” Hebrank was away at school during the 2013 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, and on October 30, the day of Game 6, she knew exactly what she had to do: bust out those lucky overalls. Confi dence soaring, she told everyone — including her best friend, a Bostonian — that she was so confi dent in her beloved Redbirds that she was willing to double down in epic fashion. “Whoever’s team lost would get a tattoo of the winning team,” Hebrank wrote in her original email to Riverfront Times . “I died at the thought of my friend with a STL tattoo.” “You’re going to end up with a Red Sox tat-too,” the friend countered. As historians of that series well know, it turned out the overalls were very, very unlucky. A week later the friends found themselves at a local tattoo parlor. The tattoo artist was delighted — he said he’d just inked a Cardinals logo on another luckless baseball fan. The Boston fan’s mother offered to pay to have the Sox logo lasered off later on, but He-brank had a better idea — she would get the tattoo, a simple “Sox,” inside her lower lip. “The ‘O’ hit a nerve — that’s the one that made me tear up,” she says. I Cardinals fan Jordan Hebrank made a bet with her best friend, Boston Red Sox fan Kaitlyn Gilligan. Hebrank lost the bet and gained a tattoo. Hebrank had done her homework. Accord-ing to some websites, a tattoo on the inside of her mouth would fade naturally. The tattoo artist estimated six to eight months. But now, almost two years later, she’s still branded. “It’s still looking good — brand-new,” she says. “Whenever I see someone with a Red Sox hat, I’m like, ‘Hey, your team sucks, but I have a Sox tattoo, so props to you.’” The tattoo comes with some perks. Hebrank found it a handy tool for getting free beers in Boston. And she’s shelved those cursed overalls for good — they’re obviously the reason we lost the 2013 World Series. In honor of her title Best Fanatic in Base-ball, Hebrank is going to th e season opener on Monday, April 13, courtesy of Riverfront Times . Have fun, Jordan! — J ESSICA L USSENHOP 16 RIVERFR ONT TIMES APRIL 9-15, 2 015 riverfronttimes.com

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