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October 03, 2006

I Could Have Told Them In Three Words

I saw this mentioned over in the comments section at Bronx Banter today and I just had to write on it........

From the Post -

As part of their preparation for what many consider will be a bludgeoning of the Tigers in the ALDS that opens tonight with Game 1 at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees took in a motivational presentation yesterday in the clubhouse prior to a workout.

Chad Bohling, the director of optimal performance, set up a screen and turned off the lights. What the Yankees saw were clips of "Rudy" and "Any Given Sunday" mixed in with highlight clips of themselves for positive reinforcement.

Al Pacino's "inch-by-inch" speech from "Any Given Sunday" filled the quiet clubhouse.

"I don't know what to say. Really, three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives all comes down to today," the Yankees heard Pacino bark.

While some adults would consider such tactics sophomoric, there were no snickers in the clubhouse as the players paid strict attention to the message Bohling attempted to send.

Too bad that Derek Jeter didn't walk out of this meeting and say "I came here to play baseball, not to be put to sleep by some two-bit, carny hypnotist!"

OK, if you really wanted to motivate the Yankees, why not replay Game 5 of the 2005 ALDS, Games 4-5-6-7 of the 2004 ALCS, and Games 4-5-6 of the 2003 World Series and then just tell the team "Don't do that"?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at October 3, 2006 11:54 AM


Motivational speaker... What a sweet racket.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2006 02:11 PM

Why do people look at this as a joke? If someone is trying to send a message and they seem honest and engaging, then people will listen. Not all people have that gift - the ability to motivate a group of people.

Have any of you ever had a friend get in your face about something and you listen and understand what they are saying, they are trying to motivate you and trigger a response. It's not all BS. Some people who try and do this kind of stuff can come across as being disingenuous and the message doesn't get through. People can read through the BS. People sometimes just need things to be put in perspective for them; if someone has a gift and they know how to get people focused then I don't think it's something that "anyone" can do.

You don't get a group of people to focus by telling them, "Hey, don't let this same thing to happen to you". Then you are putting people on the defensive. It's much easier to get people to believe in one common goal than to feed them something negative and scare them into not having that particular event (e.g 2004 ALCS) happen to them. The military doesn't work this way. They get everyone to think the same way and they don't let them deviate from the course of action. The military doesn't show pictures of dead soldiers being carried off of C5 airplanes from Iraq and tell the soldiers, "don't let this happen to you", it wouldn't serve as motivation for the troops. If anything they'll probably run home scared and say they want no part of it. Please don't interpret any of what I'm saying as a supporter of war or this administration, I'm just trying to get my point across.

These are grown ass men, but getting people to all think alike and as one cohesive unit is part of what makes teams successful. One for all, all for one!!!!

Go Yanks!!!!

Posted by: Garcia [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2006 02:40 PM

As someone who has played competitive sports in the not too distant past, these sorts of "motiviational" events are usually more team-building exercises than anything else. Is it corny and hokey? You betcha. Is it a waste of time? Probably not. I mean, if they did this instead of film study of the Tigers or extra BP, then yeah it was a waste - but generally these sorts of things are just a chance to get together and relax for 5 or 10 minutes.

Posted by: SMinDC [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2006 02:49 PM

If you need a motivational speaker to get yourself up to play a PLAYOFF game, you're probably in the wrong line of work.

This is a payoff to a long season. This is the reason they play the games. Everyone in that clubhouse knows that the first team to 11 wins.

The military reference is a bit misleading; you're taught not to deviate from a course of action, because you may get killed if you do.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2006 03:20 PM

I don't think a motivational speech is going to make you any more talented or increase your performance or even make you more focused, plus after 162 games do these guys really need to learn how to be one cohesive unit at this point in the season? I think this is something that may have more of an affect in Football then Baseball, because your throwing your body around half the time so you need something to get you energized, but most of the time in baseball your standing still waiting for something to happen, the worse thing you can do is think too much about things like "oh I need to be motivated right now"...

Posted by: antone [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 4, 2006 01:02 PM