I went to this baseball camp once, back when I was a kid, and they had this crusty ol’ pitching coach guy. He was real kinda sleazy in a way. Like, the camp was at this college, and he would try to talk to all the college girls walking around and stare at them, etc. It was funny.
but check this out. He had this great view of dealing with nerves and stress on the mound and feeling the pressure.
I’m paraphrasing, but this is pretty close to what he’d tell us:
“If you go out there and do great, you’re a hero and everyone thinks your great and pats you on the back. If you go out and get shelled, the coach takes you out. You can come sit in the shade, grab a beer and watch some other poor sap sweat it out there on the mound.”
He sortta made it seem like a win-win situation.