August 9, 2007: Rick Ankiel returns to the majors – as an outfielder

When Rick Ankiel arrived at Busch Stadium III on August 9, 2007, it had been almost seven years since he’d thrown five wild pitches in Game 1 of the National League Division Series and tied a 110-year-old record. It had been almost three years since he’d been in the majors, and 2 ½ years sinceContinue reading “August 9, 2007: Rick Ankiel returns to the majors – as an outfielder”

October 3, 2000: Rick Ankiel develops the yips

Heading into the game that came to define his career, 21-year-old rookie left-hander Rick Ankiel wasn’t nervous. “I was not hurt. I was not afraid. I was not sick or distracted or particularly anxious,” he wrote 17 years later. “In game one of the National League Division Series, on a warm and sunny afternoon withContinue reading “October 3, 2000: Rick Ankiel develops the yips”

What I’m Reading: “The Phenomenon” by Rick Ankiel and Tim Brown

Rick Ankiel’s story may be one of the most fascinating in baseball history. In The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life, Ankiel writes a very personal autobiography alongside sportswriter Tim Brown. Like everyone else who competed at the highest level and suddenly found themselves stricken by Steve Blass disease, orContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “The Phenomenon” by Rick Ankiel and Tim Brown”