Three Great Psych Stories In Major League History:
1): Bob Feller once recounted facing Ted Williams in a game. They fought through the at bat fiercely and Feller finally won the battle with a pitch in a certain location. Williams complimented Feller and pronounced it a great pitch. Months later the two squared off again. Feller decided to throw the same pitch with two strikes. Williams ripped it and Feller realized Williams had set him up months in advance.
2) In his first spring training in America, Lou Piniella told of his new player from Japan, Ichiro Suzuki, looking very bad in his at bats, certainly nothing close to the caliber player they thought they had acquired. Ichiro just plain looked overmatched. Piniella asked him if everything was all right. Ichiro told him he was just messing with everyone to get them overconfident when the real games began. True to his word, he won both Rookie of the Year and MVP in the AL that year.
And now we can add this.
3) After the Rangers beat the Rays 4-2 in ten innings Saturday night, 19 year old rookie Jurickson Profar was asked about his approach after Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth buzzed him with an inside pitch. Profar said he wanted Farnsworth to think the pitch scared him so he’d throw it again. Farnsworth did. Profar ripped it for a game winning double.
19 years old. This kid has a very bright future.