In My Own Words: Adam Wainwright on FSNM

New 30 minute interview with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright premieres on FSN Midwest this Wednesday and repeats in the upcoming weeks.

IN MY OWN WORDS: ADAM WAINWRIGHT, a 30-minute interview with the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, premieres Wednesday, July 16 at 8:30 p.m. as part of a full night of baseball programming on FSN Midwest.


In the show, Wainwright speaks at length about his mental approach to the game.  FSN Midwest's Pat Parris conducts the interview, which took place prior to Wainwright's recent injury.  Wainwright talks about growing up Georgia, having his brother as his pitching coach as a kid, the benefits of being traded to the Cardinals, transitioning back from the bullpen to the starting rotation and the influence of teammate Chris Carpenter on his career.




On breaking through in 2006: "In 2006 spring training I was talking to Carpenter about a lot of things he did mentally.  I asked him what the difference was in him now and when he was with the Blue Jays….He said it's all mental Adam.  It's what you can believe you can do...I was able to trick myself into believing that.  And so from the first day on I treated every game like it was the World Series.  And when we got to the World Series it was no big deal because I'd been there all year."


On the impact Carpenter has had on his career: "Carp has been a very positive influence for my pitching career.  I owe him a lot.  When he says something to me it's usually pretty constructive, something I can use and something I need to use pretty quick because he knows his stuff.  He learned from the best too.  He learned from Roger Clemens."


On converting back to starting in 2007:  "I had to make some adjustments about a month or two into the season.  The approach was right, but physically and mentally I was a little out of control.  I needed to focus a little bit sharper…I used to be really quick with my mechanics.  In the bullpen I was coming right at you…Actually, Jim Edmonds during last year said Adam, you have to slow down.  You have to be able to control your delivery and control your ball or you'll keep getting hit.  It was in the second inning and I'd just given up a run, and I said I'll give it a try.  I actually slowed down.  I was able to control my body and get my body into a position to throw the ball better."


Air dates for IN MY OWN WORDS: ADAM WAINWRIGHT (times Central)


Wednesday, July 16 at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 25 at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, July 30 at 10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 p.m.

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