Turk was awesome. I don't think it's possible to have more oddities rolled into a single player than this guy had. From what I remember:
- The big jump over the foul line
- Drew three crosses on the backside of the mound every inning
- After warmups, pointed to the center fielder and wouldn't take the mound until the CF waved back
- Chewed black licorice because he thought guys who chewed tobacco looked intimidating, but he couldn't stand chew. Also hated the taste of the licorice, so he would brush his teeth every inning. You used to see him squatting in front of the water cooler in the dugout, brushing away. Hilarious.
I remember an article about him in either the Register or one of the Chicago papers with the headline, "Turk's Quirks". I know he had to really tone it down when he was in Chicago, which kinda sucked. I bet the fans would have liked a lot of that stuff.
Hideki Okajima of the redsox. doesn't even look at the catcher when he throws it.
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