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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Not Your Brother's Weaver

Jered Weaver, kid sibling of pot-smoking, walkoff home run-serving, major league crybaby Jeff, is expected to be among the top picks of the 2004 MLB draft. He's put together one of the finest seasons ever by a college pitcher, going 14-0 in 16 starts with a 1.25 ERA and 182 Ks in 122 innings, with a WHIP of 0.55.

Ravizza meets with the players in a classroom setting during January practices before school gets back in session, laying out his approach, one centered around a phrase that's a baseball cliché: One pitch at a time.

Ravizza gives the old saw meaning, however. It encompasses a player controlling himself, forcing himself to commit fully to each pitch and trusting his abilities. While some players laugh off "the mental game," Weaver takes it as seriously as he does throwing the perfect slider with a full count and the bases loaded. He has to. He might not succeed in that situation without it.

"It's about not wearing your heart on your sleeve," Weaver says. "You just worry about what you can control and think about the next pitch."

"It's like a 3-year-old playing with a fire truck," Ravizza says. "That 3-year-old is totally absorbed in playing with that fire truck and doesn't notice anything around him. For a pitcher, it's not worrying about the last pitch, or the umpire who makes mistakes because he's working a part-time job, or an error made in the field."

Looks like young Weaver's benefitted a bit from mental preparation and composure, something his brother severely lacks.

Tanyon Sturtze cherry picks a win last night with this line:
1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 runs allowed (inherited).
Great job dumbass, keep it up.

As we head into the offical start of summer (Memorial Day) here's a good article on how to write a Jack Johnson song, and how that song will get you laid.


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