Angels first baseman Darin Erstad – normally a no-nonsense sort when it comes to baseball, or much of anything else – wears a little leather pouch around his neck that contains some mystical stuff. The so-called "balance necklace" was a gift from teammate Steve Finley, far more of a cosmic cowboy, with the physical fitness of a rookie.
"All I know is Finley is 40 years old and he played 162 games last year, so it can't hurt," said Erstad, coming off two years of sidelining injury problems. "He started talking to me about it, and I walked away because I couldn't understand it. I've played all the games so far, so it must be working."
What's inside the pouch? The company that makes it advertises its contents as minerals combined to "achieve alignment of body, mind and spirit" and to "address the electro-pollution, toxic vapors, scars, surgeries and traumas to the skin by organizing the quantum nature of man."
Darin Erstad should probably immediately be hired by ESPN to analyze baseball.
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