Earlier in the year, we brought you the news that the Indians had built a clubhouse shrine to Jobu, from the movie Major League. However absurd that sounds, the Indians took the logical next step on Saturday, offering Jobu a chicken sacrifice in exchange for ending catcher Yan Gomes' slump.


In case you still don't believe it, here's video from the ceremony, with apparent high priest Mike Napoli delivering the goods:

Well, why not? Gomes has had a miserable season. He entered Saturday hitting .163/.198/.310 with 60 more strikeouts than walks. Those marks are some of the worst in the league -- his 28 OPS+ is actually the worst among players with more than 250 plate appearances -- and a far cry from his usual.

If you believe that the mental component is what keeps players ensconced in hot streaks or slumps, then gathering around as a team and laughing about the whole thing seems like a good idea. If not, then you probably wouldn't like this anyway.

The Indians are 53-36 with a 6 1/2-game lead in the American League Central, so they seem to have a pretty good grasp on what they're doing -- both on and off the field.