OWN WORDS: ADAM WAINWRIGHT, a 30-minute interview with the St. Louis Cardinals
pitcher, premieres Wednesday, July 16 at 8:30 p.m. as part of a full
night of baseball programming on FSN Midwest.
the show, Wainwright speaks at length about his mental approach to the
game. FSN Midwest’s Pat Parris conducts the interview, which took place
prior to Wainwright’s recent injury. Wainwright talks about growing up
Georgia, having his brother as his
pitching coach as a kid, the benefits of being traded to the Cardinals,
transitioning back from the bullpen to the starting rotation and the influence
of teammate Chris Carpenter on his career.
from IN MY OWN WORDS: ADAM WAINWRIGHT on FSN Midwest:
breaking through in 2006: “In
2006 spring training I was talking to Carpenter about a lot of things he did
mentally. I asked him what the difference was in him now and when he was
with the Blue Jays….He said it’s all mental Adam. It’s what you can
believe you can do...I was able to trick myself into believing that. And
so from the first day on I treated every game like it was the World
Series. And when we got to the World Series it was no big deal because I’d
been there all year.”
the impact Carpenter has had on his career:
“Carp has been a very positive influence for my pitching career. I owe him
a lot. When he says something to me it’s usually pretty constructive,
something I can use and something I need to use pretty quick because he knows
his stuff. He learned from the best too. He learned from Roger Clemens.”
converting back to starting in 2007:
“I had to make some adjustments about a month or two into the season. The
approach was right, but physically and mentally I was a little out of
control. I needed to focus a little bit sharper…I used to be really quick
with my mechanics. In the bullpen I was coming right at you…Actually, Jim Edmonds during last year said Adam, you have to slow down. You have to be
able to control your delivery and control your ball or you’ll keep getting
hit. It was in the second inning and I’d just given up a run, and I said
I’ll give it a try. I actually slowed down. I was able to control my
body and get my body into a position to throw the ball
dates for IN MY OWN WORDS: ADAM WAINWRIGHT (times
July 16 at 8:30 p.m.
July 25 at 10 p.m.
July 30 at 10 p.m.
Aug. 2 at 10 p.m.