If you are a competitor, this week we have a GEM for you.
One of the greatest competitors and greatest teammates I have ever been around is 2007 NCAA Collegiate Baseball National Player of The Year and 2007 MLB Draft 1st Pick David Price.
I had the privilege of getting to know David when working with Vanderbilt in the spring of 2007. Vanderbilt, the 2014 NCAA National Champions are led by one of the greatest coaches in all of NCAA sports in Tim Corbin and David was mentored by one of the greatest, if not the greatest, pitching coach in the country, Derek Johnson, who is now the pitching coordinator for the Chicago Cubs.
On June 3, 2015, The ESPN Baseball Tonight Podcast with Buster Olney featured a segment with David, a 4x MLB All-Star, 2012 Al Cy Young Award Winner (the award given to the best pitcher in the American League), current Detroit Tiger and former Vanderbilt Commodore.
In this podcast you will hear David talk about the mental game of baseball at the highest level including:
- How and when to slow the game down
- Why you must stay in control of your emotions
- The importance of pitching with tempo
- What separates guys at the AAA and MLB level
- What happens to pitchers under stress
- The importance, or lack there of, of time between pitches
- How to silence critics who don’t know what they are talking about
- Mental imagery and replaying pitches you just threw
- A key part of his Friday pre-game routine at Vandy he carried to MLB
- The importance of your body language at all times
- Reading hitters body language pitch to pitch
- What Mariano Rivera believes about pitching with emotion
David is truly a master of the mental game and if you get a chance to watch him pitch on TV or get to watch Vandy (or TCU) compete this week in Omaha, you will see the mental game on display at the highest levels.
Here is a link to the Baseball Tonight Podcast: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/podcast/archive?id=2386164