Tough to make pitches: Madison Bumgarner’s lessons for life

I tend to avoid looking at athletes for life guidance. (Yogi Berra and Satchel Paige are exceptions, as are Mike Tyson and Mike Ditka, occasionally.)

When I listen to sports podcasts I skip over interviews with athletes. But last week I caught a post-game ESPN interview with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner while exiting a plane so I was stuck with listening to his answer to a question about how to manage the pressure of the World Series.

Just make pitches….I just try to find a way to just forget about all that stuff and just concentrate on making pitches. It’s not the funnest way to go at a game. It’s fun to go out there and get excited and get pumped up and all that but it’s tough to make pitches…. I just try to get rid of all that and concentrate on making pitches.”

Madison Bumgarner

It’s fun to go out there and get excited and pumped up about awards and RTs and online commenting. It’s harder to stay focussed on the work. It’s tough to make pitches.

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