05.22.06

A-Rod’s Guru

Posted in Baseball at 11:39 am by

Can you imagine how unsuccessful Alex Rodriguez might be without the assistance of a postitive-thinking coach? He might find himself pulled in a double switch in favor of Miguel Cairo late in a close game. Thankfully, the Yankees have a focused, zoned-to-the-max third baseman, courtesy of Jim Fannin, as profiled by the Boston Globe’s Stan Grossfeld.

For the last 1,560 or so games, Alex Rodriguez has received help from a mental performance coach before every game.

”When I met him, I said, ‘So what do you want?’ ” says Fannin. ”He didn’t hesitate. He said, ‘Hall of Fame.’ I said, ‘Really? You’re hitting .220 something and making more errors than the rest of the team. You’ve got the guts to tell me that?” ‘What would you pay?’ He thought I was talking about my fee. I said, ‘You can pay me out of the front change part of your pocket. Chump change.’ I said, ‘You’re going to miss your daughter’s recital.

”He said, ‘I don’t have any kids.’

”I said, ‘You’re gonna miss your anniversary with your wife.’

”He said, ‘I don’t even have a girlfriend.’

”I said, ‘The Hall of Fame could be 20-plus years away. What will you sacrifice? When everybody’s hanging out, you’ll have to be thinking about your craft. Your friends may think you’ve changed. Family may think you changed. Would you pay that?’

”He said, ‘Absolutely.’

4 Responses to “A-Rod’s Guru”

  1. Don says:

    I am capable of doing this for any band, by the way. If there was only money in indie rock.

    Don

  2. Haydn says:

    The funniest part is that the word “fragile” is an apt description of the reigning AL MVP.

    ho-ho-ho.

  3. Sam Frank says:

    Do your best to make it to the end of this idiotic article. Gems:

    Fannin says the average person has 2,000-3,000 thoughts per day. But true champions only have 1,100 to 1,300 thoughts. ”Fewer thoughts produce more results,” he says.

    Fannin says only one player — former Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn, then of the Mets — has not paid him. ”I delivered the goods and paid my own expenses, but he still owes me $14,000,” he said. Efforts to reach Vaughn were unsuccessful.

    ”I will call U in one hour. AROD.”

  4. nick says:

    If it’s true that Champions think fewer thoughts, this explains Manny Ramirez’s dominant career.

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