By: Will Burchfield
Ian Kinsler, Daniel Norris and former Tiger Bryan Holaday took a recent trip to Clear Creek Ranch in Texas to go through a gun range stress test with former Navy Seal Stephen Holley, as part of the ballplayers’ partnership with the bat company Warstic.
The video that emerged is more than worth watching.
- Holley asks Kinsler if he ever elevates his heart rate before taking practice to simulate a stressful situation at the plate.
- “That’s a hell of an idea,” Kinsler says. “I’m probably going to put that to use in Spring Training and see what happens.
- Norris talks about his biggest challenge as a pitcher.
- A lot of time I’ll tense up and try to throw a strike and more often than not you end up balking yourself and cutting it off…In your head you’re just like, ‘Throw a strike, throw a strike.’ That’s the hardest thing for me, is just relaxing and being able to do that.”
- Holaday recalls how Kinsler helped him find perspective after Holaday struck out in the 2014 ALDS and felt like he cost the Tigers the series.
- “I remember that conversation,” Kinsler says. “I said, ‘You’ve got a newly-born son at home, you’ve got a wife. The season’s over, man, there’s nothing you can do about it. You’ve got a beautiful child at home, a beautiful wife. Go enjoy life, man.'”
- Norris recounts a revelational moment from last season.
- “I was literally on the steps about to (take the field) and start the game. A teammate came up to me, grabbed me by the shoulders, looked me in the eye and said, ‘Just have fun.’ I went out there and from that point on I threw the ball better than I’ve ever thrown it,” he says. “It was like night and day.
- And, of course, the three athletes have a good time shooting some guns.