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Funny Equals Winning

It seems that whenever a group of guys on a baseball team do somethinggoofy to poke fun at themselves, it makes them play better. Whetherthey start collectively growing beards, dressing up in odd ways for roadtrips, or playing simple pranks on each other, these things can helprelax and liven up a ball club.

We're seeing it happen again in Cleveland, where the members of theIndians relief corps have been dubbed the "Bullpen Mafia." Tony Sipp,Joe Smith, Frank Herrmann, Vinnie Pestano, Chad Durbin, and ChrisPerez are all goofballs, and when the Indians were in New Yorkrecently, they all decided to stop by the Fan Cave to participate inone of our sketches.

Now, the Fan Cave Bump has been well documented. For whatever reason,when guys stop by the Cave, they start playing just a little bitbetter. Most recently, the Fan Cave Bump took over Yankee Stadium.After spending a morning giving New Yorkers hugs to get them to stopbooing him, David Ortiz promptly hit two home runs in a three gamesweep of the Yanks. The booing continued.

When you combine the power of the Fan Cave Bump with the little extrayou get from doing something fun like calling yourselves the "BullpenMafia," you get double the positive results. The evidence? SIncetheir visit, the Bullpen Mafia has not surrendered a run in 22 2/3innings.

The Fan Cave Bump. Improving performances since 2011.

It seems that whenever a group of guys on a baseball team do somethinggoofy to poke fun at themselves, it makes them play better. Whetherthey start collectively growing beards, dressing up in odd ways for roadtrips, or playing simple pranks on each other, these things can helprelax and liven up a ball club.

We're seeing it happen again in Cleveland, where the members of theIndians relief corps have been dubbed the "Bullpen Mafia." Tony Sipp,Joe Smith, Frank Herrmann, Vinnie Pestano, Chad Durbin, and ChrisPerez are all goofballs, and when the Indians were in New Yorkrecently, they all decided to stop by the Fan Cave to participate inone of our sketches.

Now, the Fan Cave Bump has been well documented. For whatever reason,when guys stop by the Cave, they start playing just a little bitbetter. Most recently, the Fan Cave Bump took over Yankee Stadium.After spending a morning giving New Yorkers hugs to get them to stopbooing him, David Ortiz promptly hit two home runs in a three gamesweep of the Yanks. The booing continued.

When you combine the power of the Fan Cave Bump with the little extrayou get from doing something fun like calling yourselves the "BullpenMafia," you get double the positive results. The evidence? SIncetheir visit, the Bullpen Mafia has not surrendered a run in 22 2/3innings.

The Fan Cave Bump. Improving performances since 2011.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.