James McCann talks about the right mindset amid struggles
James McCann is one of the most hard-working players in the MLB. He has a healthy mindset that he uses to get past tough times. It has been a rough 2021 season for McCann and the New York Mets but he wants to stay positive during a crisis.
When he’s on the field, McCann plays as a catcher but when he’s off, he just wants to be a husband and father. Over the past few months, it has been hard for him to fulfil his role as both the catcher and family man because his struggles have seeped into his personal life. However, he wants to assure people that he’s letting struggles get the best of him.
McCann said, ‘When things are good, it still stays at the field. When things are bad, it stays at the field. You go home and you find a way to unfree your mind. It’s unhealthy to dwell on it, whether it is success or failure. If you dwell on the success, you’re going to be humbled real quick. If you dwell on the failure, that failure is going to last for a while’.
A healthy mindset is vital to the success
McCann’s 2021 stats have gotten worse compared to the previous two seasons across the board. However, he wants what’s best for his team so he continues to work hard and give himself time to improve. When he steps up to the plate, you can see he clearly wants to help the team thrive.
The 31-year-old wants to help the team which is why he’s not complaining about how he’s playing. He just wants to play better and he’s working on ways to improve. He said, ‘It’s more of a mindset, just trusting at the end of the day, it’s going to be OK. If you start to panic, you start to have anxiety, it’s just going to become a bigger weight on your shoulders’.
That is great advice from McCann and a good reason why the Mets have struggled this season. Recently, there have been some developments with the team and they look stronger than before which is a good sign.
Living up to this contract
People will always bring up McCann’s $40.6 million contract that he signed back in December 2020. The deal has started off well but you can expect that he will bounce back. McCann is the type of player who does not give up even if he’s struggling mightily. It will be difficult but McCann believes in the process and his teammates that can help him.
The 2021 season is still long enough for him to bounce back and it’s up to the Mets coaching staff to give him a chance to fulfil his role as a key player.
Words: Cholo Martin