ST. LOUIS -- Interviewing the busiest man at Busch Stadium isn't easy.
He arrives early, seven hours before most evening games. By the time his players have checked in, he's pored over video of opposing pitchers for tips and tells. He then moves back and forth between the field and the batting cage hidden below Busch, throwing batting practice or watching, arms crossed, from behind the plate. Then the game starts, and he coaches in real time.
But if you trail John Mabry for a series, you might catch him with four minutes to spare.
Daniel Descalso will have just finished drilling a steady stream of pitching-machine fastballs into the back of the cage. Mabry, having watched from a folding chair a few feet away, will wander out to a hallway lined with bats and wait on whoever comes next.
"You've got to look at things differently," the player turned head hitting coach says. "You've got to look at how things affect them, how things can fit into their game, not your game. It's all ab...