Today's comment comes from Tim, who thinks he has figured out how Garrett Olson can get his head back on straight:
Tim's take: Olsen's problem is very simple. Just like the movie For Love Of The Game, he has to block out all distractions, just zone in, and just concentrate on the batter and the plate. Pitching is 75 percent mental. For assistance in this matter just tell Olsen to do whatever the catcher says. Have the catcher call all the pitches and pitch outs as well as going to 1st base etc. No shaking off pitches. This way it will cut down on thinking too deeply, and improve his concentration, and as he gets more confindance in a couple games, then let him start making his own pitch selections. The nervousness will go away with not having to think too much at first.
Pete's take: So, let me make sure I have this straight, you want him to let Ramon Hernandez do the thinking for him? Seriously, I don't know what the answer is, but I hope Garrett figures it out because he worked hard to have a very good minor league career and hasn't been able to translate that into major league success.
Bonus take: Thanks also for bringing up For Love of the Game, which starred Kevin Costner, who -- coincidentally enough -- is another Cal State Fullerton graduate from 1977-78. Not my favorite Costner baseball movie by a longshot -- how could it be after Bull Durham and Field of Dreams -- but it was an interesting fictional journey through the mind of an aging pitcher as he enjoys one last hurrah. Might be a good one to rent before this weekend's final games at Yankee Stadium.