World Series Thoughts
His last two homeruns given up remind me of the 2001 World Series in which our closer for the Diamondbacks was Byung-Hung Kim. He gave up two homeruns on two consecutive nights with two outs in World Series games 4 and 5 which allowed the Yankees to take the series the distance. We still won that World Series so don’t count Houston out.
They call it the World Series for a reason. Major League baseball players are the best in the world. Major leaguers come from all over the globe. United States, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia, China, Korea, Aruba, and Panama are some of the countries that are birth places of current players.
I hate to bring it back up but I remember before Game 1 of the 2001 series each individual player had to go into the media room and look into the camera and say their name, position and country they were born in. David Dellucci, outfielder, United States of America. Why? Because the World Series are televised all over the world to many many countries. That is pretty awesome to know that people are watching these games in countries that I can’t even spell.
The Astros have to trick their mind into breaking the game down as much as they can. What? OK here it goes. ‘We’ve got to win 4 games in a row.’ Wrong way to think. That is extremely tough to do in the Major Leagues and even tougher in the World Series. Break it down. How does a team ultimately win the game? Win every inning. Easy. Let’s go even further. "We’ve got to beat the other team EVERY pitch of the game."
Confused? When hitting your ultimate goal is to get a hit. When pitching your goal is to get an out. Battle pitch by pitch. Not ‘at bat’ by ‘at bat.’ Win each pitch and you will win the ‘at bat.’ Win the most ‘at bats’ and you will win the game.
Also, don’t miss your pitch. Houston seems to be fouling off or flying out on pitches that they should be hammering. Maybe they were trying to hard. I think the Astros had a defensive mindset at the plate. ‘Don’t strike out. Don’t swing at a bad pitch.’ You can’t take that attitude and succeed. Their bodies know what to do. Their minds are getting in the way. Let your instincts take over and you’ll be surprised how much better you play.
Break it down. Clear your mind. See the ball as well as you can. Put a good swing on it. Watch the ball hit the bat. This doesn’t guarantee a hit but it makes your chances a whole lot better. Lastly, BE POSITIVE!