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Former Nationals outfielder admits to drinking vodka before MLB games

Prior to his first two starts in 2001 as a pitcher for St. Louis Cardinals, former Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel admits to calming his nerves with alcohol.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
3 days ago

Ankiel admits to drinking before game in interview

Longtime St. Louis Cardinals pitcher/outfielder Rick Ankiel admitted Monday in an interview plugging his new book that he drank vodka before the 2001 season opener to calm his nerves following his postseason meltdown in 2000.
Via Cardinals.com
4 days ago

Former Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before starts to tame anxiety

ST. LOUIS — Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season’s playoffs. Ankiel detailed his experience during an interview with 590 The Fan on Monday. Ankiel had a promising rookie season as a 20-year-old with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000, but he lost his control...
Via The Denver Post
4 days ago

Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before starts in 2001 to fight the yips

What do you do if you’re struggling with accuracy? Knock back a few drinks, of course. That’s what Rick Ankiel admitted he did at the start of the 2001 season to relieve some pressure following his famous meltdown with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2000 postseason. Ankiel was ranked the top MLB prospect by Baseball America entering the 2000 season and had a good rookie campaign...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ankiel says he drank vodka before starts to tame anxiety

ST. LOUIS (AP) Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season's playoffs. Ankiel detailed his experience during an interview with 590 The Fan on Monday. Ankiel had a promising rookie season as a 20-year-old with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000, but he lost his control...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Ankiel’s pregame method of dealing with yips: vodka

The pressure got so much for Rick Ankiel following his meltdown in the 2000 playoffs, he turned to alcohol. Right before he took the mound. The former major leaguer admitted to downing vodka before his first two starts of the 2001 season with the Cardinals, in an attempt to settle his nerves. “Before that game...
Via New York Post
5 days ago

Former Pitcher Rick Ankiel Drank Before 2001 Start, Beat Randy Johnson

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel drank vodka before his first two starts of the 2001 season. Ankiel is best known for his epic meltdown during the 2000 National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, in which he became the first major league pitcher to throw five wild pitches in one inning since 1890. And he opened up Monday about his case of the yips...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Ankiel once drank vodka before start to deal with pitching anxiety

Once a highly-touted young pitcher, Rick Ankiel dealt with perhaps the most famous case of the yips of all time. Ankiel famously melted down in the 2000 playoffs, uncorking nine wild pitches and 11 walks in just four innings over three separate appearances. He was never the same pitcher again, and he was so impacted by the playoff meltdown that he drank vodka before making his first...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Ankiel drank vodka before pitching in 2000 NLDS

Former St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Rick Ankiel has one of the more bizarre stories in MLB history. The future of one of the game’s most promising pitchers came crashing down in an instant.But prior to his infamous start in Game 1 of the 2000 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, Ankiel actually saw his meltdown coming. He had a remedy for it, too.“Before that game…I’m scared...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Ankiel will serve as the Nationals’ “life skills coordinator”

Former MLB pitcher and outfielder Rick Ankiel has a unique new role in the Washington Nationals organization – life skills coordinator. Now, what exactly *is* a life skills coordinator? Here’s how the Nationals explained the position. Washington also welcomes back to the organization Ankiel, who will serve as the Life Skills Coordinator. Ankiel retired in 2013 after playing parts...
Via The Outside Corner
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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