3) The Confidence Is Gone
Multiple studies show how golfers see the hole as bigger when they’re running good. Another study gave test subjects “new and improved” putters and saw them both perform better and perceive the hole as bigger than a control group who heard no commentary about their putters.
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During the Kansas City Royals 10-game string of 10 hits or more, it seemed as pitchers were throwing beach balls toward the plate. Now, it seems as if opponents are hurling BB’s.
After blowing a two-run eighth inning lead on Thursday, a game in which KC Royals hitters notched 12 hits, Indians pitchers have held the Royals to 3, 7, and 2 (through six innings) hits over the next three days. I don’t think it’s any accident that this collapse has coincided with blowing a won game on Thursday. The Kansas City Royals confidence seemed to evaporate along with their winning streak.
It’s pretty hard to play with “fire” or to mount heroic comebacks when no one gets on base.
The Kansas City Royals are having their annual father’s Day road trip where the team brings along the players’ Dads for some Father/Son bonding time. Maybe the Dads need to take their sons out for ice cream and remind them that everything will be OK.
For now, the “magic” triggered by facing adversity with three All-Stars suffering injuries seems to have run its course. That emotion was never going to carry the KC Royals through a season. Now, they have to pull out of their slump without an emotional rallying cry.
Remember Kansas City Royals fans, it’s a marathon not a sprint.
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