World Series: A Mental Game

October 28, 2009 3:18:09 PM PDT
Some say playing baseball is just as much mental as it is physical, so how do the Phillies look mentally?

The party is over, now it's time for the Phillies to get back to business.

"I think everyone knows we have a job to do and we know how to do it," Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth said.

Jen Croneberger of Excellence Training Camps, Inc. says the Phillies have the right attitude. She's one of few certified mental game coaching professionals.

"We see the games as really what's between your ears," Croneberger said.

She says the defending champs are confident, they have chemistry and experience.

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"Knowing what to expect, knowing there will be a lot of media, knowing it's going to be cold?just knowing what comes in to play in postseason I think has helped us out, so far," Phillies second baseman Chase Utley said.

But on the flip side of that experience come statistics. Not many teams have been able to win back to back World Series. The last team was the Yankees. So to overcome the Yankees' legacy, Croneberger says the Phillies should treat them like they would any other opponent, which is what they plan to do.

"You don't look at it any differently than just a game of baseball," Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino said.

Croneberger says if the Phillies can stick to their routines, shake off mistakes quickly, and stay focused, they'll be in good shape.

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Shane Victorino says staying focused is one of the team's biggest assets.

Ryan Howard is said to use meditation to help him focus.

As for who's hungrier for the title, many think the Yankees feel they have something to prove this year, but Croneberger says make no mistake, the Phillies are just as hungry.

"They've gotten the taste and they like it," Croneberger said.

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