• The Mindful Farnsworth

    Posted by on February 18th, 2006 · Comments (2)

    From the Courant

    Kyle Farnsworth was big, strong and fit, and he could throw 100 mph. So what was he doing struggling along with a 4.76 ERA after six major league seasons?

    Sometime last year, he found some answers in a book called “Mind Gym.” It had been in his duffel bag for a while, since a friend had sent it to him, and one day he decided to start reading.

    Within its pages, Farnsworth picked up some techniques for creating calm and confidence, for visualizing the results he wanted, and he made it a ritual, reading it during games as he prepared for a late-inning entrance.

    “Talent can only take you so far,” said Farnsworth, who cashed in on his best season with a three-year, $17 million contract from the Yankees. “If you don’t have the right mind-set, you’re not clear-minded. You can’t go out there with no plan at all.”

    Hey, Yogi the Jedi Master once said that “90% of the game is half mental.”

    Go for it Farns. See the ball. Be the ball. Na-na-na-na-na!

    Comments on The Mindful Farnsworth

    1. DownFromNJ
      February 18th, 2006 | 12:52 am

      Farnsworth is going to be very important before Octavio Dotel gets back. He needs to replicate Gordon.

    2. Raf
      February 18th, 2006 | 1:36 pm

      That’s one of the reasons I love this game. Physical goods doesn’t necessarily translate into success at this level. You need a combination of talent, skill, work and luck to have a career of any merit. It’s tough to make the show, it’s even tougher to stay there.

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