Many of you have heard this story if you have not you onlyneed google “worst screw ups in sports history” and you will find it at the topof the list.


Game 6 of the 1986 world series, the Boston Red Sox lead theseries 3-2, the New York Mets are down to their last out in the 9thinning trailing the Sox 5-3; the champagne is on ice in the locker room tocelebrate the first Boston Red Sox WorldChampionship since 1918.  The Mets manageto tie the game and have the winning run on base when a routine ground ball ishit down the first base line towards Bill Buckner;


if he makes the play theSox are crowned champions.….


….The ball dribbles through his legs


The Mets score and win; Boston cannot recover in game 7 andhave to watch the Mets claim the World Series trophy when they were only oneout away just days earlier.


What you might not know is that Bill Buckner gave aninterview to a sports reporter 12 days before the 1986 world series, here is adirect WORD for WORD quote from that interview;


“The dreams are that you are going to have a great seriesand win and the nightmares are that you are going to let the winning run scoreon a ground ball through your legs”


Was Buckner able to see into the future? Or perhaps thefuture was determined by what he saw


The famous quote by Henry Ford reads “whether you think youcan or you think you can’t you are right”. But how true is this statement?


My interest and passion in bodybuilding is what began mycareer in fitness; as all bodybuilders I was and still am a huge Arnold fan.One quote I always remember reading from the Terminator was “what the mindsees the body can achieve”. Arnold was known to spend hours justvisualizing his training, physique and the outcome of competitions. His quoteis powerful because time and time again those visions had a habit of comingtrue. As in all areas in life the pendulum swings both ways, negative visionscan also become realities.


Through Buckner’s interview we got a rare glimpse into hishead weeks before the series.  We don’toften know what athletes are thinking or what their expectations are beforecompletion and high pressure situations. With Bill Buckner we know that for at least 2 weeks before the serieseven began his was visualizing in his head the winning run scoring on a groundball between his legs. 


Our mindset is a powerful thing; it has the power toinfluence my perceptions which in turn become my realities.  In every part of your day, all the littleevents and the mundane details practice approaching each situation visualizingwhat you want the outcome to be.  Do thisenough on the little things and it will become a reaction when the BIG momentsin life arise.

About caseystutzman

Casey Stutzman is an AFAA certified trainer and has been actively involved in the fitness industry since 2004. Since 2006 he has acted as the Head Trainer at the Bay Athletic Club in Alpena Michigan. Casey’s love of athletics and competition drove him in to the fitness industry. He uses his experience as a division 1 college football player, amateur bodybuilding competitor, strongman competitor to help others reach their goals in all areas of fitness. Casey spends his time at Bay Athletic Club teaching Boot Camps, small group training sessions, training clients and working with participants in Bay Athletic Club’s Corporate Fit Challenge program. He also develops strength and conditioning programs and does performance training for a number of local athletic organizations and high school teams. As an Ignite Performance Master trainer and Master Instructor for TRX Casey travels North America to educate and connect with fitness professionals to help them offer more to their clients and athletes. Time outside of fitness is occupied with reading, travel, indoor rock climbing, snow sports and being an active outdoorsman. He enjoys spending free time with his wife Mary Beth, his daughter Vesper, son Indiana and Turkish the family dog.

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