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Extraordinary Happens Podcast

The pressure of expectation can be overwhelming, and this is especially true in sports. At every step of the way, athletes are faced with the expectations of fans, coaches and teammates. The most important expectation of all, though, is the one you set for yourself.

Hopes were high right off the bat for Chicago Cubs Infielder Kris Bryant. As the second overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, people wanted him to succeed. While anticipation was mounting for the rising superstar’s future, Kris set even bigger goals for himself.

“I heard [the pressure]. I didn’t necessarily take it in. Obviously, anytime you’re a high draft pick, there’s more pressure on you. More people want you to do really well. But the thing about myself is that I heard all of it, but I wanted to do even better than what they were telling me they wanted me to do for them. That’s a good mentality to have in any sport,” he says.

“I’m so determined to get through it and I usually come out on top and I just think that’s a good mentality to have,” he adds.

Kris had an extraordinary debut season with 26 homeruns, 99 RBIs and a trip to the 2015 All-Star Game and Homerun Derby. He led a previously slumping team to the National League Championship Series and earned a Rookie of the Year nod. The 24-year-old has a fearless mindset that welcomes the chance of failure in return for the opportunity to succeed.

You have to have talent to play this game, but there’s a lot of talent out there. What really separates guys is the mindset and the mentality of realizing this game is built around failure and you are going to fail more often than you succeed. It’s the times that you do succeed that bring you back to this game and the greatness of it. For myself, it’s always been that if I want something, I’m going to go get it and I’m not going to stop until I do get it. I think you have to have that relentless desire to want to do well. If you have that mentality I don’t think much can stop you.” – Kris Bryant

Listen to our full conversation on Extraordinary Happens.

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by Aaron Robinson 18.07.2016
Watch out Jim Rome, Extraordinary Happens with Mark King and Kris Bryant!
Great interview and insight from one of baseball's brightest young stars. I was just telling a friend of mine that I didn't recognize some of the new players in the 2016 All Star game. Then "BOOM!" Kris Bryant goes yard against Chris Sale. I knew about Kris Bryant, since he went to USD in my home town of San Diego. Side note- USD was also the location of my aforementioned friends wedding...looking over the Pacific Ocean. Woah! that's a lot of San Diego energy. Anyways, this new age of young talent is very intriguing as we see athletes that are highly skilled and dynamic. Meaning that Kris Bryant, Manny Machado, Mike Trout, and Bryce Harper just to name a few are guys have the ability to play multiple positions on the baseball field. No longer do we have the overweight home run hitter you throw out at first base or the lightning fast guy batting lead off. This new breed of player can bat anywhere in the lineup and can legitimately play any position. I'll pay homage to one of the greats and deem this "THE IRON MAN ERA" of Baseball.

Something else I took away from this interview was the relationship that Adidas has with their athletes. It is much more than paying guys money to wear a logo. What came through naturally was that this is a real partnership. One with shared beliefs and working towards the same goals. Through delivering insights from the world's greatest athletes and collaborating on this platform we prepare ourselves for optimum performance on game day. Muchas gracias Gameplan-A!
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