I knew it was going to happen. I told my friend it would happen. He didn’t believe it would happen.
And yet it did.
Last night in Game 6 of the World Series (that’s baseball if you don’t follow the sport), the Tampa Bay Rays manager removed Blake Snell, the starting pitcher in the sixth inning, when he had a 1-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, had struck out nine and had only given up two hits (total). Oh, and one more minor detail; he had only thrown 73 pitches.
Half an inning prior to Snell being removed, one of the announcers, John Smoltz, himself a Hall-of-Famer, prepped the viewers with a story about removing a pitcher, but not due to physical fatigue.
It’s the “mental fatigue,” said Smoltz.
What a pile of cow dung.
There’s nothing more mentally fatiguing to a pitcher than getting your ass kicked, throwing pitch after pitch, with no outs in sight. There’s nothing that energizes a pitcher more than a good old-fashioned duel. This is why you’ll see pitchers, in the greatest of moments, throw far more pitches and battle far longer than ever before. It’s called adrenaline. Nature supplies us with it, in abundance, in times such as these.
Back to the conversation with my friend.
He wrote: “Snell looks great. You can’t pull him when he’s going this good.”
Me: “Really? You watch. I’m telling you, no matter what, he’s going to get pulled.”
As soon as Snell was pulled, momentum shifted and the game was O-V-E-R.
I stopped watching. I knew what was going to happen.
Because the pitcher the Rays put in had gotten his ass handed to him the entire post season.
Although I was rooting for the Rays, the Dodgers did have a better team… on paper.
Yet, that’s precisely why we play the games for real – not on paper. It’s precisely why we make decisions in “real time” rather than through AI technology, in advance.
Whenever I see scenarios such as the above play out, they prove to me why Dao Zou is such a precious and priceless program.
Rather than being scripted in advance, you operate your own body and mind in “real time.”
You make decisions on which way you are going to move and at what speed. You don’t rely on a computer to tell you how to feel or what move you should make.
You make the moves. You call the shots.
And with this exercise program, your intuition, memory and decision-making ability are not only ignited, they are dramatically enhanced.
I wish the Rays were using Dao Zou.
Maybe next year.
Kick ass – take names,