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You could say that Tampa Bay Rays baseball player Richie Shaffer recently scored a home run on and off the field.
There are many baseball superstitions, but the one that tells players to completely ignore a newcomer's first major league home run has to be one of the silliest. Shaffer knew about this tradition, and decided he wasn't having any of it.
So when the rookie hit a homer in Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox, Shaffer knew what kind of response he'd get in the dugout ... and threw a celebration for himself anyway.
In the video, which was posted by reporter Steve Kinsella on Twitter, the 24-year-old walked into the dugout all smiles. His teammates folded into a huddle that effectively turned their backs on him, but he was unconcerned as he offered up high-fives to imaginary friends and even gave a wink and a grin to an invisible supporter.
Later, he posted a picture taken with some of his much more vocal supporters: family and friends, writing, "The past 3 days have been incredible! Even more so because my family was there to share it with me!"
That is definitely the winning move, in our book.