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ConclusionChange Beliefs

During the summer we wrote this book, an extraordinary thing happened in the game of professional baseball, a story brought to our attention by more than one friend. A former top pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals named Rick Ankiel returned to his team after several years in the minor leagues. That in itself is not so extraordinary. It is what Ankiel did, the position he played, and how well he performed upon his return that amazes.

He did not return as a pitcher, but rather as an outfielder. He was an elite big-league pitcher until he began experiencing problems controlling his legendary fastball. All his life he had been doing this thing wonderfully well, and suddenly something was going terribly wrong. He would ...

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