“Never do today what you can as well do tomorrow, because something may occur may occur to make to make you regret your premature action.”
This one is part respect for your opponent and part superstition. I guess the old saying about not counting your chickens comes to mind. With only one inning left in the game, sometimes players get the bug to start packing up the equipment bags as though they are in some sort of hurry to leave. Maybe they’ve got a hot date or something. This is never a good idea whether a team is either winning or losing.
In the lead, it is extremely disrespectful to your opponent to start packing up in anticipation of a victory. And who wants to give the other team added motivation to come back and beat you? Not me. When behind, a player that packs up gear is showing disrespect to his own team. This type of player sends a “we suck, we can’t come back” message to his teammates. This should never be tolerated. Hopefully, another player will see this poor display in action and convey the proper message to the not-so-sharp player. Otherwise, it will be up to the coach to explain the situation. I have found that a little extra cardiovascular activity will typically remedy this type of behavior.
Some people are more superstitious about baseball than others. “Early gear packing” seems to be a big one. I can remember coaches and players saying that this habit was taboo for years. I suppose the fear is that some innocent bench player that is just trying to be tidy will upset the baseball gods. In turn, the gods will strike that team down with horrible luck. Though, we all know teams make their own luck. Besides, there are no baseball gods. Right?