Gabe Kapler has repeatedly blown bubbles with his gum and popped them during his playoff debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers. -A.
Kapler relatively has butterflies, he says, and he considers that a good thing. He has found a way to channel them into victory in San Francisco - lots of victories - making so many good moves throughout the year.
Now the season boils down to a win-take - every Game 5 for its Giants in the Netherlands Division Series on Thursday night against Roberts and his Dodgers, defending World Series champions. Roberts' seasoned and playoff-tested manager takes on newcomer Kapler, with all of his innovative approaches and a huge group of coaches.
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Adrenaline, nerves, anxiety, you name it. Kapler is all-embracing. He even talks about it with his son, Dane, who recently called before a soccer game and told his dad that it 's all over the place. 'he had felt the same emotions.
Previously, Kapler could pop a few extra bits of gum when it came time to get ready for a match.
"I didn't don't have them now. I've had them, like butterflies or nerves and things like that, "Kapler explained before his first playoff game as a manager. " From a nerves point of view, I think the nerves are really bad.ons.
"My son Dane tells me he is going to play his college football game, he says: " I'm really, really nervous. "I say: " It ' it's great. The nerves will sharpen your concentration. You're often a better decision maker if you can channel them. ' "
Kapler has learned from his own failures, including two disappointing seasons in charge of the Philadelphia Phillies before being fired.
After playing for the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series - Roberts' stolen base in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series with his three-strikeout team being swept away by the Yankees will live on forever in the Boston tradition - Kapler went to Japan and "struggled to find the nerves, to find the nerves.
It was annoying to say the least.
"I was riding in the circle on the bridge and my heart was not beating very fast, " Kapler recalls. "I played in Japan terribly.
Veteran wide receiver Buster Posey credits Kapler with beingremained "same pin " all season, thanks to significant injuries, Alex Wood and Donovan Solano contracted COVID-19 at the same time and all the other unforeseen challenges that could have derailed this record club.
Kapler spent time talking to a few of his Coaches of the Year about Posey and how the adrenaline could have carried the veteran wide receiver through big games, long nights and nights. grueling stretches as he continued to play behind the plate until the NL West was won on the final day.
Ahead of the Giants' practice day last Tuesday, Kapler and his son again spoke about nerves and their importance. Back in college at UBC, Dane Kapler talks to his dad regularly before games.
"My dad talks to me about the importance of nerves before my games. football for almost as long as I've played, "said Dane. "We speakof how that nervous feeling that you get is there for a reason, and that it actually helps you perform under pressure. I like to think of it from a survival standpoint - your nerves are there before a hunt to let you know how important it is to your survival, and that elevates all the senses needed to be successful. "
The Giants have won a franchise record 107 games this season, and Kapler has emerged as a strong contender as the face of this organization which previously had three seasoned managers in Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou and then Bruce Bochy.
At 46, Kapler gets it right This includes discussions about emotions and mental health with his players and his adult son.
"Thinking of nerves in a positive light like this one just helps me get into a game - or any other kind of performance - with more confidence, "said Dane Kapler." A lot of coaches will mistake nervousness for being nervous.is scared or unprepared, but I think that kind of mentality can really lower your confidence. When you think of nerves as a natural thing and a good thing, it helps you maintain your confidence. "
Roberts, for his part, saw Kapler's pre-game nerves at The work for decades. They were Double-A teammates in Jacksonville in 1998 and then played together on the 2004 Red Sox World Series champions.
"When it gets like that, it has more gum in his mouth, "recalls Roberts. " He chews a lot more gum. He is an intense guy. He certainly had some means to combat that, or as he put it, to embrace it. We all have some kind of adrenaline and excitement that we need to muster for clarity. "