You need a lot of technique, but you have a lot of strength.
If you were to ask every baseball fan I know who throws, I don’t think they would pick up a pitch for the first 20 years. Baseball is a really fast game, but that’s where the technique comes in. I don’t know how you do it so effortlessly. All you know is how to do it, that kind of thing.
What’s the secret to taking that same mindset and having success at baseball?
I’ve learned that if you put in the work you can be successful, that’s pretty much it. I know for myself that if I put in the work I can be successful.
But I also learned that playing baseball makes you really special. It really does. You learn so much. You develop skills you never thought you’d see for yourself.
You’ve got to love the game so that there are no regrets. I’ve got a lot of regrets right now. I’m not sure when I’ll start regretting about baseball. I’ll just keep playing it and going forward, no matter what.
But yeah, the game teaches you a lot. One thing I’ve learned is that the baseball team has a lot of faith that you can do it. If some one else tries to take your job or take your money, they have a better chance that you can take theirs. Don’t give up that belief. That was what allowed me to do what I did when I was a kid.
In a lot of ways you were born out of the game. What do you think about the game as it currently exists?
I think the game has gone a bit too far in trying to create everything itself. The last 10 years we’ve gone to a lot different extreme with this notion of putting out more records, selling more jerseys, or more merchandise. The old way, in the ’80s, was to tell people to “come to see my game” [laughs].
Today they want to sell you a million records to make a new stadium come happen. They’re using the same formula as they did when he was playing the game.
So instead of seeing who does the best, who has the most fans.
No. No, no! I mean, I don’t want to say they’re just in over their heads and that’s it, but if you’re going to spend millions or millions of dollars on trying to put a stadium there