It’s official: One of the greatest strategic minds in major league baseball has begun closing his eyes and looking within. San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who is dealing with recent heart health issues as well as his team’s bizarre fall from 1st-place-likely to desperate-wildcard-chaser, says that he is a firm believer in the power of meditation. This is according to a story from The Mercury News:
“Sometimes it happens a few minutes before the first pitch. Sometimes it’ll be earlier in the day, before holding a lineup card in one hand and a pen in the other. More often, it’ll be an hour or so after another of those soul-emptying, one-run losses.
Bruce Bochy will shut his office door, shut his eyes and attempt to shut out all thoughts from a churning and restless mind. He will focus on his breathing, and nothing else.
He used to think that meditation was mumbo jumbo, until an acquaintance encouraged him to give it a try some months back. Now he believes in it. After the most trying 10 weeks of his managerial life, he believes fiercely in it.
‘You know, with all that’s happened in the second half, I’ve told myself, you know, to handle it the way you would want the players to handle it,’ said Bochy, prior to Sunday’s game in San Diego. ‘That’s to let it go, and keep pushing forward here.’”
With all the stress in the second half of the season, it’s no surprise Bochy looked for the wisdom of an ancient practice.
At this point, I’d say the fans could use it too.
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