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Postby SirDunkALot » Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:47 pm

(No, this isn't a joke thread, btw.)

But more or less, I'm curious.. how did Rick Ankiel fall apart? Was it simply mental issues with his control or was there something terribly fishy? He had the potential to be so great and then it all fell apart. How did it happen? He was touted as so good..
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Postby brock middlebrook » Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:55 pm

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Postby orange12 » Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:07 am

Game 1 of the 2000 NLDS is what happened to him.

I think it was a perfect combination of newbie anxiety which caused him to fail so grandly on the national stage coupled with a fragile personality that prevented him from getting over it that ultimately ruined his career. I also remember Chuck Knoblauch had his mental block that caused him to miss throws to first. His problem was probably similar to Ankiel's but on a smaller scale. All of this is probably why sports psychology is the big business it is today.
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Postby Madison » Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:54 am

He's hitting .304 with a homer this spring though. ;-D


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Postby PlayingWithFire » Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:13 am

feel good story of the year...

Rick Ankiel gets waived by St. Louis and gets claimed by Boston. With which Rick Ankiel will claim the OF spot intended for Wily Mo and along with Cancer boy Jon Lester will go back to the WS, where they'll face former drug addict Josh Hamilton and the Reds ;-D :-D
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Postby IllinoisBandit » Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:21 am

PlayingWithFire wrote:feel good story of the year...

Rick Ankiel gets waived by St. Louis and gets claimed by Boston. With which Rick Ankiel will claim the OF spot intended for Wily Mo and along with Cancer boy Jon Lester will go back to the WS, where they'll face former drug addict Josh Hamilton and the Reds ;-D :-D


Nonono, think about if the Reds claimed him. Ankiel and Hamilton in the same outfield would be SICK. Bring back Albert Belle out of retirement and you'd have the perfect outfield.
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Postby Ace » Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:09 am

IllinoisBandit wrote:
PlayingWithFire wrote:feel good story of the year...

Rick Ankiel gets waived by St. Louis and gets claimed by Boston. With which Rick Ankiel will claim the OF spot intended for Wily Mo and along with Cancer boy Jon Lester will go back to the WS, where they'll face former drug addict Josh Hamilton and the Reds ;-D :-D


Nonono, think about if the Reds claimed him. Ankiel and Hamilton in the same outfield would be SICK. Bring back Albert Belle out of retirement and you'd have the perfect outfield.

i think sammy sosa would be a nice addition to this team. ;-D
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:39 am

SirDunkALot wrote:(No, this isn't a joke thread, btw.)

But more or less, I'm curious.. how did Rick Ankiel fall apart? Was it simply mental issues with his control or was there something terribly fishy? He had the potential to be so great and then it all fell apart. How did it happen? He was touted as so good..


drawing inferences from comments he has made my guess is anxiety disorder.
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Postby Gozirra » Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:46 am

He was Nuke LaLoosh without the benifit of Susan Sarandon's undies.

All kidding aside. This is just amazing that he's still around working on his fielding. I've never seen that before. He must really love baseball. He had the hardest breaking curve that I ever saw. Guys would nearly fall over and the pitch would be on the outside corner.
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Postby clevername » Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:15 pm

looks like he's starting the year at AAA. He's not that bad of a hitter.
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