Today we’re going back to a previous interview we did with the Reds’ Brandon Phillips to get inside his mind while in the batter’s box. While it seems that Brandon can come off as crazy (and hilarious), there is a very important lesson in today’s post…
Each player needs his own personal hitting routine, tweaked especially for himself.
We all know it’s a given that you need a hitting routine that you consistently use in the batters box, but it’s not going to be the exact same for everybody. Maybe you don’t tell yourself that it’s time to get famous when you enter the box, but you should have some positive phrase that you use that resonates with you.
Enjoy Brandon’s insight on his hitting routine, and advice to ballplayers looking to play at the next level:
From the mental side of hitting, do you have a routine that puts you in that happy place when you’re about to step in the box?
To tell you the truth, it’s all about my walk-up music that gets me into my “crunk zone” to really go up there and get amped up to try and make things happen. When I’m on the road and I hear all the boos, it puts me in the zone because I need to get that motivation. Some people think about money, some people think about fame, some people think about women, but I think about everything. Setting goals for myself is very important because it helps me concentrate on things a little bit more.
What goes through Brandon Phillips mind when you step into the batter’s box?
“Time to get famous baby! Time to get famous.” When you get in that batter’s box, it’s time to get famous.
What’s one piece of advice that you would give to aspiring baseball players that want to take their game to the next level?
Believe in yourself. Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you can’t do something. If somebody says you can’t do something then you have to tell yourself that you’ll prove ‘em wrong.