The Fox cameras caught Matt Garza staring into his cap, closing his eyes and nodding his head before he threw his first pitch of the second inning, as if there was something inspirational written on the underside of the bill.
Well, there is. Joe Buck pointed out in the fourth that Garza worked this summer with sports psychologist Dr. Ken Rivizza after having an on-field confrontation with Rays catcher Dioner Navarro in June. Now, Garza writes notes and quotes from the book Rivizza co-authored, Heads Up Baseball, inside his cap.
That's cool, but I'm wondering if, just before he gave up those home runs to Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the sixth, he looked inside his cap and and all that was written there was...
Small world note: By the way, Rivizza also is a professor of kinesiology and health promotion at Cal State Fullerton, a university that also has produced five College World Series champions and one portly blogger who could probably use a little health promotion about now.