I don’t know Chad Bohling especially well. The way I understand it, when he was hired to be the Yankees director of mental conditioning, Bohling didn’t talk to the media at all. Even non-baseball small talk was almost unheard of. Since I’ve known him, though, he’s been very easy to talk to during his two- or three-day visits to Scranton, and he was easy going when I saw him again during the big league playoffs.
Then again, I’ve never asked Bohling about his job or about any of the players he’s worked with, and I’m sure that’s the way the Yankees prefer it. There’s a reason you never read Bohling’s name in the papers.
There is a mental side to every sport. I don’t know whether that’s especially true in baseball, but I know it’s certainly true in baseball. Players get lost in their own heads all the time, and the Yankees have embraced the fact that there’s a mental side of the game that needs work, just like the physical side.
That mental work, though, isn’t talked about very often. Like Jeff wrote in this morning’s guest post, a lot of athletes carry a certain amount of pride. Hitters will talk all day about their work in the cage, but a lot of them either shut down or don’t know what to say when asked about the mental part of their preparation.
For most of us, it remains an unknown part of the game, the ultimate intangible.