'Major League Mindset' teaches Cavaliers to persevere in tough times
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The 1,186-mile road to Omaha doesn't start in the dugout or on the field, it starts with a mindset. A major league mindset, taught by none other than former Cavalier Brandon Guyer.
"It changed my life," said Guyer, a Virginia Baseball Hall of Famer and creator of Major League Mindset, "I want to help empower others so it can potentially change their life."
UVA brought the seven-year MLB veteran in to help sharpen the team's mental skills development, and what began as a training course turned into a foundation that has stood firm through the ups and down of the season.
"The mental aspect of what BG does for us is huge and it's helped us a lot," said senior pitcher Nick Parker, "Especially during good times and bad times there's always ways you can improve, and that's one of the main ways we've improved is our mental toughness and our stick-to-itiveness."
In a game of failure, Guyer teaches players to not run away from adversity but run towards it, just like buffalo.
"Buffalo sense the storm and they run to it knowing there's going to be pain, gonna be tough times," explained Guyer, "but the buffalo run to it and they run through it. You couldn't find a better example of them than losing Game 1 in the super regional. That's that storm, that's that adversity, but they ran to it and they ran through it."
Whether the storm is being down by a run in a super regional or a midseason slump, the approach is the same: Don't look back, just bring it on.
"BG always talks about how even if you're 0-3, you're 0-0 that at-bat. It's a new at-bat, it's process over outcome. You've got to do your best that at-bat and not worry about the last ones."
"The three words that are the most powerful when you are out of your comfort zone, when you feel fear, when you feel anxiety which you're going to on and off the field all the time a lot, is saying, "Bring it on," said Guyer.
"I think that just kind of embodies the approach that we take, of just that 'bring it on' approach," said Parker, "I mean for us all year it's just been, "Bring it on.'"
And all year has led to this moment, the biggest stage in college baseball. But after the trophies are passed out and the field lights are turned off, their mental training will serve them in the game of life.
"In everything in life you just got to be 'bring it on' in how you do it no matter what it is," started Parker, "Whether you're 9-5 flipping burgers or playing professional baseball, you still have to bring it on. The approach of how you go about life doesn't change."