I took the above photograph of Yankee prospect, Austin Romine next to the Yankee Double-A affiliate, Trenton Thunder clubhouse last year. This week, Romine got called up to the big club, caught Mariano Rivera’s 599th career save, started his first Major League game and collected his first major league hit.

Not bad for someone who thought his season was over. Romine was walking out of a Wal-mart in Kentucky when Yankee manager, Joe Girardi called, telling him the news.

4:30am the next morning, Romine began is trip to join the Yankees in Anaheim, ten minutes from his home town.

A couple dozen family members were present and Romine’s brother, Andrew was in the opposing dugout, playing for the Angels.

After traveling from Kentucky, Romine was thrown right into the mix, looking at photos, videos, scouting reports, etc.

“I just took a deep breath and treated it like spring training. I’d caught all these guys before and I’d played (at Angel Stadium) before, so the comfort level was higher than I thought it was going to be. I just took a deep breath and didn’t think.”

Romine knows the secret, don’t think.

His deep breath, relaxed him a bit and kept him in the present moment.

Not thinking helped him avoid paralysis by analysis.

Even though Austin Romine is a rookie, he has a veteran approach.

If you missed my exclusive interview with him, you can watch it HERE.

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Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center


Over the winter, I envisioned the image above in my mind. Last week, I took that image at the Trenton Thunder game of top Yankee prospects, Manny Banuelos and Austin Romine. And tonight, I stopped by the ball park to show it to them. They were impressed with the image and were kind enough to sign it for me.

I spoke with Austin several times last season on baseball and mental toughness (see our video interview HERE), but last night was the first time I spoke to Manny. I asked him if he had anything to say to my blog readers. He said two words:


Simple, yet powerful. See, most people want to be successful, but they don’t want to put in the work. People want to be more fit but don’t want to eat healthy. People want to make more sales but they don’t want to make phone calls.

Everybody knows what to do, but nobody does what they know.

How hard are YOU working today?


Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Michael Sachs, Ph.D. at Temple University.

Ever notice how athletes are superstitious?

Many baseball players don’t step on the foul line when hustling on and off the field.

Tennis players bounce the ball a certain number of times before they serve.

Eating the same meal before competition is also quite common.

Michael Jordan wore his college team shorts under his NBA uniform.

Not shaving until you get out of your slump happens all the time too.

Silly things, right?


New research shows that you may actually perform better if you are superstitious.

Rituals and lucky charms can help you–if you believe they can. They can give you added confidence.

When talking to Austin Romine, one of the Yankees’ top prospects who just played in the MLB Futures Game and the Eastern League All-Star Game, he told me that he has the same routine every single day. “Consistency off the field turns into consistency on the field,” shared Romine.

A long time ago, I wished someone good luck before a competition and they said, “I don’t need luck–I create my own luck.”

I guess they were right.


Depending on who you ask, Austin Romine is either the #1 or #2 prospect in the New York Yankees organization. He was named Minor League Player of the Year last year and is currently the catcher for the Double-A Trenton Thunder. Last night I caught up with Romine in the locker room before the game.

ET: How do you prepare mentally and physically before games?
AR: I have a set routine and I do it every day. This consistency off the field helps me on the field.

ET: Do you ever feel like not doing your routine?
AR: There’s days where you don’t feel like doing anything, but those are the days that you have to. Those are the days you can’t take a break – you can’t stop. You just have to keep going.

ET: What do you say to yourself when you don’t feel like doing your routine?
AR: Get up (laughs). Just do it. This is a shot in a lifetime. This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. You don’t get another shot.

ET: You talk about staying in the present moment. Is that your philosophy?
AR: Yes. If you’re living in the moment and you don’t let anything get in your way, then you might have a future. But I think you can learn from the past. Take the good from the past, not the bad.

ET: Who is your favorite player and why?
AR: I had the opportunity to play with Posada (Jorge), the last three years and he is a role model.

ET: What’s the best piece of advice that Posada gave you?
AR: He didn’t tell me anything. It’s from what I saw. Don’t get me wrong, he said a lot of things to me, but what I saw was that this guy is a fifteen year veteran and he’s working harder than the 19, 20, 21 and 22 year old kids every day. That really opened my eyes to how much work it takes once you get there. He doesn’t have to work that hard, but he does.

ET: How did you get to where you are now?
AR: Not making it never crossed my mind. I put in a lot of work and effort to get here and there’s still a lot to go. I remember being 9 years old in the back yard in a hitting cage that my dad made, hitting at 10 o’clock at night with the neighbors banging on the door. It was long nights of grinding. I got here because of hard work. My dad always told me when I didn’t want to hit and wanted to go out with friends, “Someone else is hitting right now.”

ET: What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger?
AR: In high school, if you threw the rosin bag, I probably would have hit it and I probably would have hit it far. But now you can’t always swing at everything. It’s growing up and getting experience.

ET: You are one of the top 2 Yankee prospects. What are your thoughts on that?

AR: It’s an honor. That helps me; it drives me to remain in that light.

ET: What do you think about when you’re in a slump?
AR: I think about EVERYTHING (laughs). That’s the problem. It’s mental. I don’t feel confident during a slump. I was in a slump this year – 2 for 40-something. And I said, “You know what? Screw it!” Then I went out and hit 3 for 4, and got back on track. I stopped thinking.

ET: How has baseball helped you in other areas of life?
AR: Discipline. It’s taught me that nothing comes easy. If you let it, it (baseball) will roll you over and spit you out. Don’t let it. Life is the same way. Do whatever you can to be on top at all times.

ET: I always say, don’t try your best – do whatever it takes.
AR: I like that. That’s GOOD.

ET: Take it, it’s yours (laughs). Thank you for your time, Austin.
AR: Thank you.