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my wife always has npr in the morning so I hear frank every so often and I have to wonder if he has alzheimers or something.
Isn't the competition in post-season of a much higher quality than that in the regular season overall. So a player who does just as well in postseason is really doing much better than he did in regular season, ain't he?
Fool that I am, I still think some of us can deliver better than ever when the chips are down, the count is full, and the game is on the line.
Why is it so awe-inspiringly important to you people that this untrue statement be true? And that every time someone discusses baseball, you deem it a virtually jailable heresy to not hew to your ideas regarding pressure situations?
There must be a psychological-cum-political yearning underneath it all -- such that the non-existence of better or worse performance under pressure satisfies a much deeper urge than merely baseball. A mere baseball truism alone couldn't possibly inspire such zeal and stridency.
then again, there are clutch gods like mickey hatcher and brian doyle and brandon backe
In sports with cultures different than the faux-macho culture of MLB, elite athletes routinely testify to being affected by nerves and pressure, both internal and external. This is a straightforward truism to anyone with even the most rudimentary understanding of human beings and sports.
Which of these things is true?
I mention Jim Eisenreich in about every tenth "clutch" thread, and it seems appropriate to do so again in light of turns in this discussion. A good ballplayer, and one who for a time was unable to deal with pressure, for medical reasons (truly psychiatric and neurological). With treatment, his anxiety was manageable – more than manageable, really; he had a long career as your basic useful ballplayer, leading one to believe that he might have been a star or better if he'd been treated earlier. Eisenreich's case is very stark, and serves to illustrate what happens when a good ballplayer can't handle the non-athletic stresses of the sport.
The obvious observation that mental changes can beget changes in physical athletic performance. In sports with cultures different than the faux-macho culture of MLB, elite athletes routinely testify to being affected by nerves and pressure, both internal and external.
Lots of players talk about extreme nerves and pressure in sports, yet they still are able to perform in a clutch situation.
Sure. And lots of players say the nerves and pressure impacted their physical performance adversely.
As someone with no dog in this hunt, let me note that
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