Posted: Friday, 17 May 2013 7:43PM

Turtle turns around fortunes of Fair Grove baseball team



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Virtually all the sports fans in the state of Missouri remember 2011 when the St. Louis Cardinals had the famous "rally squirrel" in their run to the World Series championship.  Now, the Fair Grove Eagle high school baseball team has a "rally turtle" that players say has helped change their fortunes.  After a 7-10 start, the team went to Miller, Missouri to play in a tournament and before the game, team member Talon Bates found a turtle near the baseball field fence.  Bates brought the turtle into the team's dug-out, the Eagles played one of their best games of the season, and the turtle was kept as a good luck charm.

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He was given the name "Herman",  and since he joined the Eagles they have won eight straight games without a loss and captured a district championship.  In the accompanying video, you can find out more about the team's good luck turtle including why the team really does believe he's made a difference, what lengths they've gone to in accomdating their new mascot, and what happened when Herman was "kidnapped".

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