Many different teams have strange good luck traditions. The fans of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings are known for throwing an octopus onto the ice during the playoffs, fans of UPenn throw toast, the list goes on.
However, the LSU women’s softball team created a good luck charm of its own recently when it kept a live fish in the dugout for its game against Auburn.
— USA Softball (@USASoftball) May 28, 2015
Aptly named “Juanita,” Les East of The Advocate further elaborated on the presence of the fish that was purchased from Walmart on what was supposed to be a routine snack run.
Coach Beth Torina sent the team to Walmart on Wednesday night to pick up snacks and toiletries for what the Tigers hope will be a week long-plus stay at the WCWS.
But [Bianka] Bell and freshman pitcher Allie Walljasper made an impromptu addition to the shopping list.
“(Torina) was like just go get snacks and Allie and I just got a fish instead,” Bell said during the postgame news conference.
Sure enough, Juanita became a social media sensation after LSU beat Auburn, 6-1.
Tigers fans meet the newest member of our nonstop dugout rally fiesta, Juanita the GloFish💜💛🐟 pic.twitter.com/DiA3Ve7k6H
— Bianka Bell (@bee_bellz) May 27, 2015
POWER OF JUANITA pic.twitter.com/QURsklvSkQ
— Bianka Bell (@bee_bellz) May 29, 2015
LSU takes on Florida tonight, so be sure to tune in and witness the power of Juanita as the Tigers look to defeat the Gators.