The Baltimore Orioles used the fourth overall pick in this year’s MLB draft on Kevin Gausman.
The former Grandview star, turned LSU Tiger, gives Baltimore a flame throwing right handed pitcher, with a 4 pitch arsenal, and 1 really odd diet.
“I don’t pay attention to what I eat at all,” said Gausman.
Starting pitchers can be a little quirky. But Gausman’s in-game ritual, there’s no sugar-coating this one, is distgustingly un-healthy.
For years Gausman has eaten powdered donuts in between innings of games he starts.
“I think 1 day, I didn’t eat before a game and I told my Mom to grab something from the gas station. So she brings me a big bag of powdered doughnuts and somehow I ended up pitching really well,” Gausman told 9News.
The superstition was born, and then it grew.
“I guess three wasn’t enough, and 5 was too much,” said Gausman. 4 is the number. He has to eat 4 every time back to the dug out, which can be tricky with a quick inning.
“I think we had a 4 pitch inning once and I was shoving that last doughnut in my mouth as I was going to mound,” Gausman said with a smile.
The tradition has worked for him, but it might be coming to an end.
“The last 3 starts of the year I actually didn’t do it,” he said. Believe it or not he felt a lot better.
“Surprisingly, who would have thought,” Gausman said jokingly.
It’s probably a good thing, the high-calorie habit might not fly in the pro’s.
“I’ll probably have to stop to be honest,” he said. So Gausman will kick the habit for now. However, if he becomes an established big league pitcher we could come full circle.
“I gotta earn the doughnuts,” said a laughing Gausman.