Alyson Footer had a piece the other day about Brad James catching a case of the “yips,” also known as “Steve Blass Disease.” Turns out he was scared he would hit one of his own teammates, then he started thinking too much, and then he hit Humberto Quintero. He started throwing away from the hitter instead of pitching to the catcher.
This might just be a little thing he goes through, but I see this having huge potential for disaster. If the Astros’ top pitching prospect is battling his own thoughts, doubts, insecurities like this, look out. He is the next Jason Lane. Lane’s potential was never realized because he was so scared of failure. He kept trying not to mess up, and when you do that, you start to mess up, and on comes the vicious circle.
Footer quoted Cecil Cooper as saying: “We know he’s got a lot of ability. Sometimes he’s doubting himself a little bit, not feeling good about himself. We’re talking to him, trying to work through it.”
They had better keep it light and be careful not to give this kid too much to think about, or it will make matters worse. I suggest they watch the movie “Swingers” for inspiration.
Coop: “You’re so money and you don’t even know it!”
Brad: “That was humiliating.”
Coop: “You don’t look at the things that you have, you only look at the stuff that you don’t have. Those guys are right about you – you’re money.”
Brad: “I hit Q, is he okay?”
Coop: “That was so fucking money. That was like the Jedi mind-shit.”