May 28, 2009

Are Chokers Born That Way?

You hear stories about Dominican ballplayers in Major League Baseball, where their mother finally flies up to the states to watch their son play for the very first time, and they hit two home runs in the game. I would definitely strike out every time. When my wife and I are playing tennis recreationally at the high school down the street, I get nervous when people walking by glance over. When I ran cross country and played basketball in school, I preferred for my parents not to show up. My question is, can I switch? Are there people born scared who learn to not only get over it, but thrive under the spotlight?