Chris Stretch is a good buddy of mine who used to be a minor league baseball player. He is a life expert who has experienced fear and baseball. He ended up quitting his dream of becoming a big league ball player because of fear. Chris was a catcher who couldn't throw the ball back to the pitcher -- and not due to lack of ability. He was just that paralyzed by fear.
In this class we talk about:
- Being a high school baseball and football star in Orange County, California.
- Playing college baseball at Division II, UC Davis.
- Playing minor league baseball in the independent Western League.
- Getting in a bench-clearing brawl with former major league bad boy Kevin Mitchell.
- Fear of getting hit as a quarterback. Especially from the blind side.
- Verbal abuse from a high school coach.
- Not doing homework in high school.
- Missing a bus trip due to a hangover.
- The dangers of scouts labeling you a “mental midget.”
- Being an egomaniac.
- Making $600/month in minors. (Yup, a month.)
- Alienating teammates by having a big mouth.
- The social fears of going to new teams.
- The team concept in minor league baseball being about the individual.
- Having the yips as a catcher.
- Feeling isolated on a team.
- Pretending to look lazy to hide fear.
- The unwritten rules of baseball.
- How to fight in a bench-clearing brawl.
- Having confidence as a hitter.
- The end of the baseball dream.
- Sports psychology.
- Getting fired from a pressure-filled day-job.
- Former Major League Baseball stars: Mackey Sasser, Lance Parrish, Jeff Leonard.
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