Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

"He works out harder than anybody."


Baseball - not orienteering - but maybe there is something to learn from how Manny Ramirez trains...

Few people know about the extra hand-eye coordination exercises Ramirez has added to his routine since the middle of the 2004 season. Strength and conditioning coach Dave Page fires golf ball-like spheres at the slugger’s strike zone, where they are caught by Ramirez’ right hand, acting as a bat.

Later in the workout, which is done 30 minutes before every game, Page throws four rings at Ramirez. Each ring has a different colored ball attached to it, and Page calls out the color of the ball Manny has to grab out of mid-air.

“It’s comical how good he is at it,” Page said. “Other guys try it, but they don’t come close.”

Most people also don’t realize Ramirez is the only position player who routinely stretches and runs with the pitchers. And hardly anyone sees Manny in the weight room nine hours before the first pitch of night games, at home and on the road.

“He comes in at like 10 a.m. on night games and he’ll work out, go home, take a nap, and come back. Baseball is his life,” Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia [stats] said. “He gets portrayed as being kind of goofy, and he kind of jumps around, but he takes this game more serious than anybody. I think that gets overlooked.

“And the other thing is that he works out harder than anybody. There’s a reason why he is one of the best hitters of all time.”

The quote is from an article in the Boston Herald.

Another interesting quote:

“He never goes into an at-bat without a plan. Whether he’s looking for a pitch, or whether he’s looking for location, or whether he knows a pitcher isn’t going to come inside to him, he’s got a pretty good plan.”

Work hard. Have a plan. That's good advice.

Iceland snapshot of the day

Reykjavik reminded me a bit of Lawrence. You can imagine a bike strung up across Mass Street (maybe at Sunflower)...and you can see a bike strung across the main shopping street in Reykjavik.

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 8:20 PM


Funny, I took almost the same picture in July. I had a coffee at the little joint behind me. Were you leaning on that lamp post when you took this shot?

I probably was leaning on that lamp post. The light wasn't great and the shutter speed was fairly slow (1/30th) so I had to brace myself to get a reasonably sharp image.

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