Baseball players like to have something that can help them rally in a game or just break out of a slump. The UNM Lobos are no exception. The young Lobos believe they may have turned the corner on their early season struggles.
It’s all due to pitcher Christian Tripp’s barbeque grill. After losing the first of a crucial three game series against Mountain West rival Air Force, the Lobos believed they needed something to rally around, to lift them up. Teammates told Tripp to bring his grill to the game the next morning. He did.
“So far it’s working, two wins in the dugout,” said Lobos outfielder Danny Collier.
Collier hit for the cycle and had a walk off home run the day the team put the grill in the dugout. Now the team really believes in the thrill of the grill.
“It’s kind of like, I don’t want to say superstitious thing, but something like that,” said Tripp. “Baseball players always do weird stuff so it’s definitely one of them.”
The Lobos seem to have something each year.
“Two years ago we had a baseball Jabu and then we had a frog, now got the grill,” said Lobos Head Coach Ray Birmingham.
The Lobos are currently in fourth place in the Mountain West and have a three game series against second place and nationally ranked San Diego State on the road. The first game is Thursday. The Lobos will be armed with their secret weapon.
“We actually took it apart today and we are going to put it in the travel bag and take it to San Diego with us,” said Tripp, talking about the grill.