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Brandon Guyer talks mindset during his Game 7 hit in 2016

Morning news and notes for Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022

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Walking up to the plate in the final innings of a Game 7 with a runner on base and a championship on the line is something very few people will ever experience but almost everyone imagines at one point or another.

For Brandon Guyer, years of visualizing such a moment may have helped him come through in the clutch as he doubled home a baby-faced José Ramírez from first base and put Cleveland within striking distance of ending their decades-long World Series drought.

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Brandon Guyer recounts his mindset while getting a hit ahead of Rajai Davis in the 2016 World Series | Twitter
I meant to post this yesterday but completely forgot, so shout out to lucasmcain for putting it in the comments of yesterday’s News & Notes. Everyone remembers Rajai Davis choking up on the bat and tying Game 7 in the eighth inning, but few people credit Brandon Guyer for hitting an RBI double ahead of him — both hits came while facing prime Aroldis Chapman.

Six years later (has it really been that long?!), Guyer told the story of his mindset during the at-bat in a Twitter thread. I’ll embed each tweet individually for those who don’t want to fumble around with Twitter’s interface, or for those who are not interested in stepping into a building that is currently on fire.

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