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Maryville Talks Books – Rick Ankiel
April 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
The former St. Louis Cardinal Rick Ankiel will sign and discuss his memoir, The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch That Changed My Life.
On Oct. 3, 2000, 21-year-old Rick Ankiel took the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. All was going well until Ankiel, lauded as the next Bob Gibson, threw a pitch that missed the mitt — wildly. Then he threw another. Then another. Slowly at first, then rapidly, his once-impenetrable psyche crumbled. He would forever look back on that day as the day the unwelcome, inexplicable Phenomenon arrived. In this book, Ankiel tells the story of his battle with an anxiety condition widely known as the Yips, the courageous soul-searching that followed, and his eventual triumph over the demons in his own mind to reenter the game.
“I couldn’t put this book down…it displays the power of the human spirit to overcome the odds.”
—Mike Matheny, The Matheny Manifesto
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