Email is annoying, isn't it? Always some new sales pitch from Amazon.com or J. Crew. And they're the only mildly annoying ones. Then there are all the Nigerian scams and PR pitches to write about this great hand cream that can really help you get through the NFL Draft.
But Roy Halladay's emails are better than the rest us. Because he's Roy Halladay. And he emails with a purpose.
After getting off to a bumpy start to the season, Halladay turned to his email -- Gmail? Yahoo! mail? Does he get a Roy.Halladay@Phillies.com address? -- in search of guidance. And he found it in the form of archived emails from his old sage, Harvey Dorfman.
As many of you know, Dorfman passed away a couple of years back, but Halladay kept all of his old correspondence with the former sports psychologist.
MLB.com's Todd Zolecki got the story:
Fortunately for Halladay, he saved nearly every email exchange with
Dorfman over the last five years of his life, so before his April 14
start against the Marlins in Miami, he read the ones he sent before the
2010 postseason, when the pitcher no-hit the Reds in Game 1 of the
National League Division Series and beat the Giants in Game 5 of the NL
Championship Series, despite pitching with a strained groin, to keep the
"It was pertaining to big games and big situations and must-wins and
those types of things," Halladay said last week at Citizens Bank Park.
"I felt like that was something that I was kind of dealing with at that
point, even though winning a game at Miami isn't a must-win. There's a
lot of good stuff in there. As much as you read, you just never remember
it as much as you wish you could."
The crux of it seems to be that Doc needed to focus less on the big picture, less on proving everybody wrong, and simplify things. Focus more on each singular pitch. The results will work themselves out.
Pretty awesome. Roy Halladay even knows how to use email better than the rest of us.
BRB, gonna go look for some productivity tips over at Lifehacker.
>>Doc draws inspiration from late sports psychologist [MLB]
NEWARK, N.J. -- Michael Young had 29 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh held on to defeat Penn State 81-73 on Saturday in the Never Forget Tribute Classic.
Jamel Artis had 16 points and eight rebounds, Cameron Johnson scored 10 and Sheldon Jeter added eight points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for Pitt.
A 3-pointer by Ryan Luther gave the Panthers (8-2) a 50-26 lead with 16:50 to play but Penn State used an 11-2 run to trim its deficit to 15 about four minutes later. Shep Garner scored four points during a 6-0 spurt that pulled the Nittany Lions within five with 1:50 left but Jeter answered with a 3-pointer and they would get no closer.
Mike Watkins had 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while Tony Carr and Payton Banks scored 13 points apiece for Penn State (6-5). Garner added 12.
Penn State: After George Mason snapped Penn State's four-game winning streak, the Nittany Lions have lost two in a row for the second time this season. Penn State had lost to No. 1 Duke and No. 24 Cincinnati
Pitt: Young has led the Panthers in scoring in the past nine games, and came in to the contest ranked 17th in the country in scoring, averaging 22.3 points per game.
Penn State: After a week off, the Nittany Lions will remain on the road when they travel to Madison Square Garden to face St. John's next Sunday before closing out their non-conference schedule at home against Morgan State.
Pitt: The Panthers return to the court next Saturday to face Rice at 7 p.m. to begin a five-game home stand.
PHILADELPHIA -- Jalen Jenkins scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to help lead George Mason over Penn 79-60 on Saturday.
Jenkins was 9 of 11 from the field and hit all four of his free throws for the Patriots (8-3), who have won seven straight. Marquise Moore added 17 points and led the team with 16 rebounds -- his eighth double-double this season -- along with 10 assists. Otis Livingston II had 13 points.
Jenkins sank two jumpers and a layup and Jaire Grayer hit a 3-pointer as part of a 13-0 run late in the second period that gave the Patriots a 70-55 lead with 3:18 remaining.
George Mason trailed 44-40 early in the second. Livingston and Karmari Newman sank 3-pointers and Moore drained a layup midway that put the Patriots back on top, 55-48, with 10:39 to play.
Matt Howard scored 15 points with seven rebounds for the Quakers (3-5).