Image Credit: Jay Silva via
Image Credit: Jay Silva via

The year is 2020. Professional sports are in peril, and a new plan is in place to re-energize fans all across the world. Billionaires and multimillionaires alike, are looking to own professional sports teams, but commissioners around professional leagues have shut them down. With nowhere left to turn, two billionaires will shape the future of professional sports. Avid baseball fans and billionaires, Oliver Steel and Mark Motor, form a professional baseball league. With the help of European doctors and scientists, Oliver and Mark develop a cutting edge steroid named “BFS” (Bigger, Faster, Stronger). After announcement of their new baseball league, throngs of prospects flock to tryouts throughout America. Charlotte, NC; Albuquerque, NM; Las Vegas, NV; and Nashville, TN–have all agreed to build stadiums and form teams in their respective cities. A new era of professional sports is underway, one with excitement and only one question remains: How long will it last?

1st Inning

Professional baseball players are fast, strong, and agile but no player compares to twenty-year-old top prospect Jared Heisenberg. A physical specimen and a five tool player, Jared Heisenberg’s life is about to change. The Albuquerque Stallions have agreed to sign Jared to a 12-year, 650M dollar contract. Albuquerque Stallions owner and co-commissioner of the league, Oliver Steel, is under scrutiny from media outlets all over the world. Top sports journalist Terry Mann has landed an exclusive interview with Oliver Steel–to gain insight and knowledge of this new steroid driven baseball league. “Mr. Steel, how did you and Mark Motor get the idea to form a new baseball league?”
“Well Terry, Mark and I were tired of how professional sports were shying away from PEDs and various other supplements being used in locker rooms all across the US. So, we came up with an idea to implement the use of steroids, but have it under our control. We’re not shy about backing steroids in our league. Athletes these days are trying anything and everything to get an edge on the competition. What we provide–is an even playing field, so there is no discrepancy or controversy of what’s going on in our league.

“And how are you gonna deal with the backlash from the media, parents, and coaches across the country?” Terry asks Mr. Steel.

“Again Terry, people have to understand that professional sports is not as innocent as they may think it is. I can’t speak for Mark (Motor), but our league is fair and our steroid BFS–has been developed by the top doctors and scientists in Europe, to ensure the safety of our players. Our athletes have nothing to hide, and they can go on and play the game that they love with no distractions.” Oliver Steel tells Terry Mann, while sipping a bottle of water.

“Great answer Mr. Steel,” says Terry (with a smirk on his face). “But have you tested BFS on anyone, and do you know the long-term effects of this particular steroid?” Terry asks Mr. Steel with a cold, hard stare.

While drinking out of his bottled water again, Mr. Steel tells Terry, “BFS is safe and effective. We’ve had trial periods, where our test subjects performed at a high level, and had recovered exceptionally well with the tests we put them through. Athletes are more than welcome to try their luck with other professional leagues, but I guarantee that they’ll have a better chance, and a better career playing ball in our league.”

Putting away his notebook, Terry asks one final question to Mr. Steel, “what are you and Mr. Motor trying to prove, ultimately?”

Taking the last sip of his bottled water, Mr. Steel smiles and answers Terry, “That we can, and will–take over professional sports. Baseball is just the beginning.”

2nd Inning

Spring training is underway all across the nation, and players are getting accustomed to their teams and new drug policies enforced in the new league. The first game in spring training puts two juggernaut teams up against each other. The Albuquerque Stallions will face the Detroit SkullCrushers. With the game a month away, Jared Heisenberg is training relentlessly and is approached by his former teammate and second baseman Jamal Collins.

“Damn Heisenbeg, you’re looking like you’re in mid-season form.” quipped Collins.
“Hey, I have something to prove out here,” said Heisenberg after crushing a baseball over the fence during BP (batting practice).
“Yeah, I hear you. Where did you play ball at”?
“I played ball at New Mexico Junior College,” after ripping a ball down the third base line.
“Really”? Collins answered back with a confused expression on his face. “The way you’re slugging the ball, I would’ve guessed somewhere else,” Collins shot back after taking a few practice swings with his bat.
“Hey, I didn’t have the grades to go to a big school, so going to Junior College was my only option,” said Heisenberg after popping up a fly ball.
“No shame in that, man. Hell, I went to UCLA and sucked it up there.”
“Bullshit,” Heisenberg said with a smirk on his face. “I’ve seen you play, and you’re the real deal.”
“Ha-ha. You’ve seen me with my glove, not with a bat in my hands,” shouted Collins.
“I still call bullshit,” laughs Heisenberg. “Did you take BFS yet”?
“Yeah, I took a small dose this morning before I came out here.”
“What do you think about it”? asks Heisenberg.
“Honestly, I hope it makes me better at the plate. I’m already a speed demon, so I don’t need help in that department, but If I can smack a few home runs–I’ll be satisfied. Now get your ass outta that cage, man. It’s my turn to see what this steroid can do for me.”
“It’s all yours, bro.” says Heisenberg, as he’s stepping out of the batting cage. “I’m gonna set every record in the book once my playing days are over,” said Heisenberg with a laser focus look on his face.
“That’s a good attitude to have, man. And you know what’s gonna be the best part about setting records in this league”? asks Collins.
“What’s that”? Heisenberg shoots back.
“There won’t be an asterisk next to the records that you set,” Collins tells Heisenberg after hitting a weak grounder to first base.

3rd Inning

Detroit, MI. A city that has had its share of meltdowns, both in the economic and sports world–is filled with excitement, as the announcement of the Detroit SkullCrushers is presented by Mark Motor. With the announcement of his new team, Mr. Motor has appointed the most controversial player to have ever played the game as his manager of the Detroit SkullCrushers. Jack Staker, a six-time world series champion, three-time MVP, avid gambler, and now the manager of a baseball team and in a league accepting of steroids, is not exactly thrilled with where is life is going (currently). “You know the only reason why I accepted your offer, Mark?”
“Frankly, Jim, I don’t give a damn. I just want you to bring me a championship.” Mark Motor tells Jim, as he sits at his desk.
“No other league will even give me a chance. I’m not gonna bullshit you Mark, but this league is nuts. Steroids? Seriously? Someone can get real hurt here,” Jack tells Mark with intensity in his eyes.
“Jack, you pissed away your money and bet repeatedly throughout your playing career. Did you ever think that you were gonna get away with it, especially after what Pete Rose did?” Marks tells Jack with a grin on his face.
“C’mon Mark, you haven’t been a saint yourself,” Jack answers back with a mean scowl on his face.
“Look, I know you’re the right fit for this team and league. It’s gonna take some getting used to, but once you do–you’re gonna love it. Just get the guys ready to play everyday, and with the talent that this team has, the sky is the limit on what we can accomplish.”

4th Inning

With the approved steroid BFS being implemented into the New Generation League, baseball players have seen extraordinary results with their bodies and minds, respectively.Pitchers have seen an increase in velocity and speed with all of their pitches. 100mph fastballs are regular fastballs, as opposed to 95mph. Catchers have better reaction time, and their throwing accuracy/speed is pinpoint. Outfielders have been nicknamed “Captain Americas” with their power and speed that they now possess. Bloop singles are no longer a problem for these newly steroid-driven athletes. And, of course, batters are now more powerful than ever. Aside from their power, batters have better vision at the plate, and are able to recognize a pitch within hundredths of a second. Strikeouts are rarely witnessed, and home runs are an absolute beauty to watch. All is running like a well-oiled machine, but nothing good lasts forever.

5th Inning

The New Generation has begun with a lot of buzz and excitement across the country. Fans have seen batters crush 600 foot home runs, pitchers throwing 107mph, and outfielders making jaw-dropping plays to run down baseballs. But then something began to happen. Multiple injuries would occur during the game. Such as an outfielder tearing his ACL, while running down a bullet hit to the wall; pitchers snapping their elbows from the excessive velocity on their pitches; batters popping their shoulders out of their sockets after swinging violently at a pitch. While revenue is skyrocketing, the players’ health is declining at a rapid pace. With no union involved, players across the league are forced to make decisions on their own. Reports from several universities and doctors alike, are heeding warnings for the use of BFS, but league representatives are not listening. It’s a new era in the professional sports world. The New Generation League has become the new avenue for young players, and even for the aging veteran. Sparking debate across the nation, several organizations have tried to shut down the league, but to no avail. There’s a dark cloud looming, and it will change the way professional sports is perceived by the public.

6th Inning

“Mark, what the hell are we going to do? We’re in some deep trouble. Did you get the reports on BFS yet?”
“Yes, I did, Oliver. Look, you and I have invested too much in this league to just throw it all away,” Mark Motor tells Oliver over the phone.
“I know, but how much longer do you think we can hold on?” Oliver answers Mark back in a nervous tone.
“I’m not giving this up. I don’t give a damn what anyone tries to do. We’ve finally built something that will force other professional leagues to reconsider what they’re doing,” Mark says to Oliver in a growling voice.
“You’re right. I just keep wondering if we’re doing the right thing here, Mark.”
“Oliver, we’ve created a new avenue different from any other professional sports league on the planet. We’re in this for the long haul. Just be patient.”

7th Inning

It’s a long fly ball, aaaaaand it’s gone! Three run home run by Jared Heisenberg, and the Albuquerque Stallions lead the Detroit SkullCrushers, 3-1. “Jim, that was a laser to center field. The power that Heisenberg possesses is unreal.”
“You’re absolutely right, Dan. This kid is something special. I think that ball is still going.” quips color commentator Jim. As the game moved along–things started to happen. Injuries started to occur each inning, players start to get into heated arguments with their opponents, and umpires are confused on several calls. With the game spiraling out of control–fans start to get restless and head for exits. “Bases loaded, two outs for the SkullCrushers. Stepping up to the plate is Carlos Rodrigo. Carlos is 0-4 today, and he can win the game with one swing of the bat, Jim.”
“You got that right, Dan. It’s too bad the fans left early. If Rodrigo wins this game–this is gonna be one heck of a comeback.”
“Carlos takes his time to set up. The pitcher winds up, and it’s gonna be ball three. Full count now on Carlos Rodrigo. Things are really starting to get tense here, Jim.”
“You’re absolutely right about that, Dan. This is quite the 9th inning here.”
“Carlos is set at the plate. The pitcher stares into the catcher for the call.”
“It’s a fastball call right down the middle, Dan.”
“Here’s the pitch. . .Carlos makes good contact with the ball. It’s pretty deep, and Heisenberg is heading towards the fence. Heisenberg jumps over the wall and. . .he does not make the catch! SkullCrushers win the game! Carlos Rodrigo has won the game with a grand slam! Wow, Jim! That was incredible.”
“Incredible does not describe what we just witnessed, Dan. That was good hustle on Heisenberg’s part, but he comes up just a bit short. It’s just too bad nobody was here to see that. What a shame.”

8th Inning

While the “New Generation League” provided fans with a different take on sports–it just simply didn’t work. Fans got a chance to see the ugly side of sports, and while it was exciting and fun at times–the idea of steroid-powered athletes wore off with fans. “Well, Oliver, what’s the plan now?” asks Mark Motor.
“There is no plan, Mark. You and I have sunk so much money into this freak show. Hell, I knew we would be in the red the first season, but not this bad.”
“Agreed. How do you want to go about announcing the closing of the league?”
“We’ll make an announcement soon. It was fun while it lasted huh, Mark?”
“It was. I’ll call you in a few days. Let me know if you need anything.”
After the announcement of the “New Generation League” folding–questions arose from all types of media about the league, and how it ended up a failure.

9th Inning

When the “New Generation League” folded–it left a lot of players in a bind. Some were not in a good place financially, because of health care costs, some were banned from playing baseball anywhere else, and some suffered mental and physical trauma from the steroid “BFS.” Star player, Jared Heisenberg has granted one interview on his playing days in the New Generation League.
“What was your experience like while playing in the New Generation League?”
“It was great. Getting signed by the Albuquerque Stallions was a dream come true for me,” Jared Heisenberg tells reporter Alec Blair.
“Why did you not elect to go the traditional route in your baseball career. Certainly you’re a five tool player, and you would’ve received gracious offers from teams all over.”
“I know. My decision to go with the New Generation League was based upon fairness all over. From contracts to being able to take steroids–it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.” Jared tells Alec.
“Which brings me to my next question, Jared. Why did you want to take steroids?”
“Because in other baseball leagues and other sports–athletes take some form of a steroid. They may not get caught using, while another athlete will get popped for using the same steroid. It just didn’t make sense to me to go that route. I don’t care what people say. Taking a steroid is no different from taking any other supplement. You’re still cheating if you drink coffee in the morning, and your coworkers don’t.”
“Okay, but we’re talking about steroids here. You’re getting paid a good amount of money in this particular league, and you had no idea what BFS was gonna do to your body long-term.”
“Alec, you just don’t get it. I was well aware of the consequences while taking BFS, and you have to understand this: I’m an athlete. Things have changed drastically over the years with sports. There’s always gonna be cheating involved in any sport or league for that matter. The New Generation League was honest with its steroid use, and they didn’t hide anything from us. I’d rather play 5-6 years of baseball like a hall of famer–than be playing ball for 10-12 years just to put up good numbers and get recognition for it.”
“So, was it all worth it to you, Jared?”
“Absolutely,” Jared says to Alec while staring him down.

While Jared Heisenberg’s interview sparked a lot of outrage across the country–a new problem surfaced with the New Generation League. Studies and tests were done on the steroid BFS, and the findings were scary. The study concluded that players were at risk with long-term effects, mentally and physically. With these new reports, Oliver and Mark would not only be facing fines and lawsuits, but jail time as well. “Did you happen to read the reports on BFS, Oliver?”
“I did, Mark. You knew this was coming just as much as I did.”
“Well, now what?” Mark asks Oliver.”We’ll just sit tight, and let our lawyers deal with it.” Oliver tells Mark while he lights up a cigarette. “Mr. Steel, Don Fury is on the phone, and he would like to speak with you,” Oliver’s secretary April says over the intercom. After a few minutes with speaking with Don fury, Oliver hangs up the phone and looks stunned. “What’s going on, Oliver?” asks Mark. “That was Don Fury, the richest man in the world. He wants to invest in the New Generation League,” Oliver tells Mark in a still stunned state of mind. “What?” Marks says with a puzzled look on his face. “Yeah. He says that he’s gonna take of everything, and for us to get ready.”
“Get ready for what?” Mark asks Oliver. “I don’t know exactly, but I’m in. How about you?” Oliver shoots back at Mark. “This just got a whole lot more interesting. Are you kidding me? I’m definitely in.”

What You Can Learn From 2014 World Series Champions: San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants


After watching the San Francisco Giants win their third World Series championship in five years last night, I had a realization: It’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts. The Giants didn’t even win their division (the Los Angeles Dodgers did), but still managed to make the playoffs as a wildcard. After beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in a one game playoff, the Giants faced the Washington Nationals, and dismantled them as well. Going into the NLCS–they would face the St. Louis Cardinals, and manage to defeat them in five games. Their next opponent, the Kansas City Royals, would pose a threat to this Giants team. Going all seven games and filled with plenty of amazing plays–there would be one player who would come save the day. Madison Bumgarner would go on to pitch three times in the World Series (which is unheard of these days), and he would go on to pitch in game seven, and come in the fifth inning (as relief) and end up totally dominating the Kansas City Royals’ hitters.


So you’re probably wondering right now, “How in the heck does this apply to me?” and I’ll tell you why it does: how many times have you been doubted before, but pulled through? Or how many times did you do something that initially you thought you couldn’t do? And my favorite: when the odds are stacked heavily against you, but you turn the odds in your favor anyway. Sports are great reminder to us–that anything is possible with the right mindset, determination, and grit. And the San Francisco Giants were a perfect example of not giving up, and taking it day by day to capture the World Series championship. Sure pro athletes may have more talents than you and I, but we all posses the ability to go after what we want, and let nothing get in our way. Let the Giants be a reminder that you can do it (no matter what the odds are.)

How I learned The Art & Science of Pitching: Tim Ferriss DSSS

Tim Ferriss

Justin Verlander

Baseball is such an incredible sport. The amount of skill that the players display on the diamond is jaw dropping. But there is one position in particular that I always admired: Pitcher. A pitcher has a lot of responsibility. Not only does the pitcher have to throw the ball over the plate, but also throw various pitches, and locate pitches as well.

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to watch the Detroit Tigers play at historic Tiger Stadium. It had always been a dream of mine to be a pitcher, and not only has that dream come true, but Tiger Stadium has played a large role in my quest to become a pitcher.

Approaching the mound, I had a rush of excitement that jolted through my body. So many great players pitched on the mound at Tiger Stadium: Mickey Lolich, Roger Clemens, Mariano Rivera, etc. Looking back now, it’s incredible that I get to play on the same field with the likes of those talented pitchers.

Learning how to pitch is hard, and I was terrible at it. I’m going to break down how I did it, and how you can use the following method to acquire any skill you want to learn.

So how did I learn how to pitch? Enter Tim Ferriss. What I’m about to share is his method for learning, and it is very effective. Here it is: DSS.

Deconstruction- What are the minimal learnable units, the LEGO blocks, I should be starting with?

Selection-Which 20% of the blocks should I focus on for 80% or more of the outcome I want?

Sequencing-In what order should I learn the blocks?

Stakes-How do I set up stakes to create real consequences and guarantee I follow the program?

This is a simple process to follow, and here is how I used it for pitching:

Deconstruction-The first thing I did was pick a pitcher who I wanted to pitch like. Being a Detroit Tiger fan, it wasn’t hard to choose Justin Verlander. I watched Justin Verlander’s mechanics on YouTube, and studied them extensively. Another thing I did was order the book “The Art & Science of Pitching” from Amazon. That book helped me understand the fundamentals of pitching.

Selection-For this step, I focused on pitching mechanics, and the types of pitches I would be throwing. Leg movement, arm action, and speed all went into account. As for pitch types, I focused on the basics: two seam fastball, four seam fastball, curveball, changeup, and slider(slightly advanced), but I like a challenge.

Sequencing-The great thing about pitching is that you can’t be out of sequence. You can learn all the pitch types you want, but if your pitching mechanics are poor, you won’t get very far. Learning the mechanics helped me pitch with proper form, and when I started to learn various pitches—everything fell into place.

Stakes-To guarantee I committed myself to pitching, I pitched at Tiger Stadium every Saturday. At first, it was hard. I didn’t know what I was doing, my pitches didn’t make it across the plate, and as they say in baseball: I got rocked (I gave up many big hits), but repetition and persistence kept me coming back for more.

With bases loaded, two outs, and a full count: I released the pitch, and former Detroit Tiger, John Wockenfuss, grounded out to first. It was a great thrill for me, and after I got him out, he came up to me and said “Great pitching, kid.” If I can learn how to pitch using this method, then you can learn any skill you desire. Choose a skill you want to learn, get started, and happy practicing.

John Wockenfuss