Oh, definitely. Those line shots right at the infielder and you've got a double play. And if it's two feet to either side you lose the ball game. Luck plays a big part in baseball. Good luck is a hell of a lot better than bad luck.
Given the choice...?
I'll take good luck.
Do you still have that tendency to stand on the mound till you get the sign you want, without shaking off pitches?
No, I shake. I do both. There are times when I don't want to shake.
Shaking might indicate something to the hitter.
Well, the odds are that the catcher is calling for a fast ball, right?
About 60% of the time, yes.
So if the batter sees you shake there's a slight presupposition on his part that it's a fast ball you're shaking off?