Watch Texas Rangers relief pitching if you want to learn how to NOT be clutch! Wow, I mean come on. How does that one kid throw 11 balls in a row and walk two SF Giants batters in the 8th inning of Game 2 when the bases are loaded? It’s absolutely unbelievable how bad the Texas Rangers relief pitching was, and it’s simply due to mental weakness. Texas going from having a chance down 0-2 in the 8th to losing the game 0-9 is a 100% ass kicking.
I understand how difficult it is to close things out due to competitive tennis. I’ve blown my share of 5-4, third set leads before, and 9 times out of 10, it’s because my mind broke down. Tennis, like many one-on-one sports is a complete mind bend. I started worrying and thinking about all the “what ifs”. What if I shank the ball when going for it? What if my calves start cramping? What if he starts catching fire? As soon as I start filling my mind with doubt, my body follows suite and then before I know it, I’ve blown the lead and lose.
I’ve since been able to calm some nerves that have helped me cross the finish line in tight situations before. Here are some tips for keeping your head in the game.