Make no mistake; thoughts become things. If a pitcher thinks, “don’t walk this guy” or “that pitch was a strike” and allows that thought to occupy his mind, the thought will lead to that reality. As a result, your focus will be not on the execution of the next pitch but on the emotion from the distracting thought. This takes focus away from the task at hand and any pitch thrown without trust, confidence and conviction will not lead to a positive result. Bob Tewksbury shares a story from his new book, Ninety Percent Mental, on how MLB pitcher Jon Lester started using mental imagery to enhance his baseball pitching performance.
About Bob Tewksbury
Bob Tewksbury is the mental skills coach for the San Francisco Giants and was formerly the mental skills coach for the Boston Red Sox. He has a master’s degree in sport psychology and counseling from Boston University. Drafted by the Yankees in 1981, he won 110 games over a 13-year career (from 1986 through 1998) with the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, and Minnesota Twins, and was named to the National League All-Star team. He lives in Concord, New Hampshire.