MLB players believe in traditions and superstitions.
They often think success, or luck for that matter, is associated with doing certain things or wearing a specific number.
This is especially true if the player has worn that number for his entire life.
They hang on to that number and do whatever it takes to secure it.
Sometimes, newcomers have to negotiate with their new teammates to get their favorite number.
Some players just give the number away to the newcomer, especially if he is a star; but others are also attached to that number, and a negotiation begins (often on friendly terms).
Soto Was Able To Convince A New Teammate To Give Away Number 22
Soto was able to convince Nick Martinez, a pitcher in the Padres organization, to give him his number 22.
There was a negotiation involved, though.
“Juan Soto will wear No. 22 with the Padres. He has secured the number from Nick Martinez. The number was significant to Martinez, but Soto is buying Martinez ‘something’ and ‘If we win the World Series, I’ll probably forget all about it.’ Martinez will wear 21,” San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee tweeted after talking to Martinez.
Juan Soto will wear No. 22 with the Padres. He has secured the number from Nick Martinez.
The number was significant to Martinez, but Soto is buying Martinez “something” and “If we win the World Series, I’ll probably forget all about it.”
Martinez will wear 21.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) August 3, 2022
Soto is making sure to keep the man who gave him his number happy with a gift, and there is nothing wrong with that.
It’s actually very important for team chemistry that these things are solved with a smile on each one’s face.
Now, both men will focus on giving their best to take the Padres to the World Series.
They have enough talent to give it a shot.