Considering how much confidence athletes project, it’s strange how superstitious they can be. Maybe diplomatic is the more appropriate word.
Take the example of Brandon Belt, the All-Star first baseman from the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants have the best record in baseball and a 6½-game lead in the National League West over the Dodgers, who are kind of rebuilding while kind of trying to contend.
The Giants have Johnny Cueto, who will start for the NL in the All-Star game Tuesday. The Dodgers have Scott Kazmir, who is on vacation.
It certainly looks as if the Giants will win the NL West.