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Andrew McCutchen Talks Socks, Confidence In Recent Interview

Here's a fun interview with Pirates superstar outfielder Andrew McCutchen. It's fun, light-hearted stuff, and most of it is about his taste in socks (yes, socks, and apparently many cities have "socks shops," which I'd never heard of), and things like that. But there are also interesting details about McCutchen's training regimen (which evidently includes doing pushups with 50 pounds of chains wrapped around him) and about who the best outfielder in baseball is:

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You know I'm going to say myself. That's just the way I look at it. I could have told you that when I was 18, that I was the best player. And not out of cockiness but confidence. That's kind of how I was taught to be and that's how I've always been.

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I've always wondered about ballplayers being taught to believe they're the best. So many of their assessments of themselves overestimate their own value (although McCutchen's doesn't, though it did when he was 18). That kind of confidence is probably a key factor in the success of many players.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.